Published on May 3, 2013
In 2011, The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and No Rules Production Company launched a web series to coincide with the opening of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' (UNCSA) all-school musical Oklahoma!
The Oklahoma! web series features interviews with key UNCSA production team members involved in the re-staging of this classic show, along with Oklahoma! experts across the country. When Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943, it transformed musical theatre with its innovative integration of words, music, dance and design. UNCSA's restaging includes the original Agnes de Mille choreography as re-created by Gemze de Lappe, a renowned dancer and teacher who performed in the original Broadway and touring productions of Oklahoma! and worked closely with de Mille for many years. In addition, UNCSA extensively researched all aspects of the original production and painstakingly recreated the original costumes and stage design.
The episodes include a history of the original 1943 Broadway production, information on re-creating the original set design, choreography and music, as well as documentation of the rehearsal and production process on the UNCSA campus.
C r e d i t s :
Produced By: Drew Wolber
Directed By: Joshua Morgan
Written By: Brian Sutow
Edited By: Ryan Austin
Cinematography By: Drew Wolber
Second Unit Photography: Kevin Johnson
Original Music: Michael Malarkey
Executive Producer: Katharine Laidlaw
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