August 22 – September 1
The road to true love is anything but smooth in this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that set the standard for American musical theatre. Set in the western territory on its way to becoming a state, Oklahoma! contains some of the most popular music ever written for the stage—songs like “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and the title song “Oklahoma.”
James Benjamin Rodgers returns to the Mac-Haydn stage as Curly, following his performance last season as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Roles include the title roles in Candide, Young Frankenstein, and Jekyll and Hyde, Jean Valjean: Les Misérables, Anthony Hope: Sweeney Todd, Kudrjash: Kátya Kabanová, Captain Von Trapp: Sound of Music, Frank Butler: Annie Get Your Gun, Camille: The Merry Widow.
Meredith Lustig makes her Mac-Haydn debut as Laurey. Praised for her “radiant soprano” and “outstanding dramatic presence,” Meredith’s past roles include: Blanche DuBois/A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Company Middlebury), Gianetta/L’Elisir D’Amore, Cephisia/Orpheus (New York City Opera), Eurydice/Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera), Fiona/Brigadoon (Gulfshore Opera), Megan/The Whole Truth (American Modern Ensemble), Musetta/La Boheme (Syracuse Opera), Daisy/The Great Gatsby (Aspen Opera Theater).
Rob Brinkmann also makes his Mac-Haydn debut as Jud Fry. Off-Broadway: The Red Room (Barrow Group Theater). Regional: Peter and The Starcatcher (Black Stache, Jenny Wiley Theater), Cabaret (Cliff, Pentangle Arts Center), An American in Paris (Ogunquit Playhouse), Searching for Signal (A.R.T.’s Oberon), Acoustica Electronica (House of Yes).
Rounding out the cast are Rachel Pantazis as Ado Annie Carnes, Andrew Burton Kelley as Will Parker, Cathy-Lee Visscher as Aunt Eller, William Taitel as Ali Hakim and Jesse Lynn Harte as Gertie Cummings.
Oklahoma! is directed by John Saunders, choreographed by Katie Johannigman and music directed by Jillian Zack Rodgers, with costume design by Bethany Marx, wig and makeup design by Matthew Oliver, scenic design by Kevin Gleason, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, props by Joshua Gallagher and sound design by Nathan Schilz.