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OKLAHOMA! at LWC: Far better than just OK

A critical review of the one of the great American musicals, Oklahoma! performed at 7pmCT, Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat, 27-28-29-30 April, 2016, then at 2pmCT Sun, 1 May 2016, all in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY.
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By George Kolbenschlag

Oh what a beautiful evening!

The performance of OKLAHOMA! at Lindsey Wilson Wednesday evening was first rate! If you've not seen it, there are still several chances with performances at 7pmCT Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a matinee at 2pmCT, Sunday.

The talent and enthusiasm of the cast paired with some very good singing voices and wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein music made it much more than just a ho hum, another play evening.

How can you not like classic show tunes like Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Oklahoma!, Surry with the Fringe on Top, I Can't Say No and People Will Say We Are in Love. Especially when they are sung by talented singers.

I am always amazed at the acting talent Robert Brock has nurtured at Lindsey. It's difficult to name names, because the cast was so talented, but I will mention three that I very much enjoyed. Jesse Baise played the lead male role, Curly; Catlin Corden played the female lead, Laurie and Callie Botkin played Ado Annie, a naive young lady who could not say no and sang about it.

Oklahoma! was the first musical produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and ran on Broadway from its opening in 1943 until 1948 - over 2200 performances - at that time a record Broadway run.

Set in the Western Indian Territories just before Oklahoma became a state in 1907, it's about a spirited rivalry between the farmers and cowboys and the romance between Curly and Laurie.

As the song says, "You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma O.K.: In fact, I'd say far better than just OK. - George Kolbenschlag

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