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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Oppenheimer’ on VOD, Christopher Nolan's Sprawling, Urgent Three-Hour Nuclear Biopic Trafalgar Releasing, in partnership with Concord Originals and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, present the screenings, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the musical's groundbreaking 1943 premiere. As Aunt Eller, Maureen Lipman is tough, wry, funny, touching, wise -hers is the most captivating performance of Eller one can imagine. She is perfect. The dance choreography is in no way up to the more artful Agnes DeMille stylized dance/ballet sort of thing but here it's the score that counts and all those glorious melodies are given the full treatment. This is definitely one of the better filmed stage shows with excellent camera angles catching all of the nuances rather artfully.

This 25-year-old production of Oklahoma! - coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the musical's groundbreaking 1943 premiere on Broadway - features some of the most delightfully hummable songs by the legendary team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist/lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love" and the joyous title tune, "Oklahoma." This version has much to recommend it, but suffers from further stereotypes by foreigners of what the region it depicts was like. Some of the accents are atrocious ( born Oklahoman here.) The region portrayed is in fact lush and not barren. There's a limit to how much belief we can suspend when we're already asked to buy in to an orchestra and people breaking into song. I'm not literal-minded, but wish some of the casting were better (...if Will Parker says "bean" for "been" again...) The decision to play Laurey (Josefina Gabrielle) as a shy tomboy in overalls, in contrast to the assertive, gingham-clad lasses we've seen in the past, is a wonderfully right one. The attraction between the lovely, thoughtful young girl and the radiantly confident Curly is palpable, and their different temperaments make the parries & shifts of their courtship utterly believable. Many people don't know that the 1955 film of Oklahoma! Was made twice. It was shot once for the cinemascope screen and once for the beautiful Todd AO. Format. The latter format has only come to light in the last 30 years or so , but it is the definitive version of Oklahoma!, so treat yourself to that version, if you can find it. Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ on Apple TV+, a Charming and Typically Tearjerking Adaptation of the Classic Children's BookRodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers in Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s. It features songs including "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'", "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and, of course, "Oklahoma".

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Coming from somebody who is very fond of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is always a pleasure to watch and hear. The story is engaging and remains as fresh and imaginative as it was seen on first reception. And the music is marvellous throughout, People Will Say We're in Love for me is one of the best songs Rodgers and Hammerstein ever wrote. Is there anything I prefer in the 1955 film to here? Perhaps the staging of Oh What a Beautiful Morning, done with a lot of spontaneity and charm here but the colour and quality of the sets in the 1955 film have Rodgers and Hammerstein written all over it. The creative team includes set and costume designer Anthony Ward, lighting designer David Hersey, music director John Owen Edwards and orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett, with additional orchestrations by William David Brohn and new dance music arranged by David Krane. Oklahoma was never my favorite musical. By the time I was aware of it, Oklahoma & all of the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon seemed dated, superseded by the darker, more modern Sondheim musicals.

Kelley Curran Blames Turner's Penchant for "Self-Sabotage" for Her Soup Scheme Fiasco in 'The Gilded Age' Season 2 Episode 5 The filming of Trevor Nunn's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! took place during the move from the Royal National Theatre to the Lyceum Theatre in January 1999. The action was shot at the Shepperton Studios and directors Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt have tried their hardest to give the tv film the feel of the live performance that so enchanted London audiences during the show's first run at RNT, while also using close-ups to provide extra emotional insights on characters.Like Laurey, the portrayal of Jud has been rethought. He is still brutal, but you feel the wretchedness, the yearning for acceptance, behind the brutality. Shuler Hensley realizes this brilliantly. This musical is the living, breathing proof that important works will find and impact multiple generations in meaningful ways," said Sophia Dilley, SVP of Concord Originals. "We couldn't be more proud to champion this anniversary re-release of Sir Trevor Nunn's stunning 1998 revival with Trafalgar Releasing."

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