OKLAHOMA! OKAY!

The original cast of “Oklahoma!” with Lee Dixon (Will Parker), Celeste Holm (Ado Annie), Alfred Drake (Curly), Joan Roberts (Laurey), Betty Garde (Aunt Eller) and Joseph Buloff (kneeling, as Ali Hakim).
Scenic designer Lemuel Ayer’s beautiful backdrop for the original “Oklahoma!” (1943).
Agnes de Mille and Rouben Mamoulian, two visionaries (with tough personalities that went along with it).
Celeste Holm as Ado Annie (1943).
A birthday celebration for “Oklahoma!” (Oscar Hammerstein — not looking too pleased with the cake; director Rouben Mamoulian and producer Teresa Helburn offering a slice to Richard Rodgers.

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Author, playwright, director, actor, theatre critic and historian, his book, “Up in the Cheap Seats,” is available at Amazon.com.

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Ron Fassler

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Author, playwright, director, actor, theatre critic and historian, his book, “Up in the Cheap Seats,” is available at Amazon.com.

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