I have such fond memories of watching musicals with my mom all through my childhood. Whenever I got sick, we would have movie marathons and watch one Rodgers and Hammerstein musical after another, one Elvis and Gidget movie after another, and all the old musical classics. I love the singing and dancing and my mom and I often sing along (much to the dismay of everyone else).
One of our favorites is the 1943 Pulitzer Prize winning musical Oklahoma! with incredible songs like Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, I Cain’t Say No, and People Will Say We’re in Love.
I was so excited to see Oklahoma! on the Broadway at Music Circus schedule for this summer and thrilled to have been invited as part of the #BroadwaySacramentoAmbassadors by Julie Gallaher of Sacramento Top 10 and Get On The Map to review the show. Several of us, including my mom who snagged an extra ticket, met up before the show for a fun and delicious dinner at Lucca — a Broadway Sacramento dining partner then headed over to the theater a bit early to snap some photos!
Broadway At Music Circus presents Oklahoma! runs Tuesday, June 25, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Oklahoma! was the groundbreaking first collaboration of Rogers and Hammerstein and it set the standard for American musical theater.
Set in the early 1900s Oklahoma Territory, the musical is about young farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors: cowboy Curly McLain and farm hand Jud Fry.
For us, the standout of the show was Ryan Vasquez as Curly, who is currently on Broadway in Hamilton, and has toured as the Alexander Hamilton alternate and understudy for Aaron Burr, Marquis de Lafayette, and Thomas Jefferson. He was also in Waitress and Wicked. We also loved Jennifer Allen as Aunt Eller. Other highlights were the beautiful Dream Ballet and can-can costumes, the title song Oklahoma!, and the super-fun box-social performance of The Farmer and the Cowman.
Ado Annie, and her two suitors — the Persian peddler man Ali Hakim and cowboy Will Parker brought talent and humor to the show, but this version of Ado Annie seemed a little drunk and crass when compared to the character I’m used to seeing in the movie.
Overall, the show was absolutely fantastic! It was so fun to see it with my mom and my daughter and bring back all the warm fuzzy memories of seeing it repeatedly in my youth.
The only problem was trying to not sing along during the show!
Know Before You Go
- Tickets for Oklahoma! start at $45
- Tickets are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at BroadwaySacramento.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office.
- The Wells Fargo Pavilion is located at 1419 H Street, Sacramento, California 95814.
- Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, June 25 to June 29 at 7:30 pm. Matinee performances are Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29 at 2:00 pm, and Sunday, June 30 at 3:00 pm.
- Widely considered one of the most influential pieces in the American musical canon, the show contains some dark themes including one character’s unhealthy obsession with another, stage violence resulting in the death of a character, sexual innuendo and discussion of suicide.
- Children under four (including babes in arms) will not be admitted.