Premiered on Broadway in 1943, Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It ran for 2,243 performances with many songs becoming American classics, including "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning," "People Will Say We're In Love," and "Surrey With The Fringe On Top." Based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs, the story is set in the Oklahoma Territory of 1906.
Freud noted that 37 members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will perform the original orchestration. The production will feature a 24-person singer-dancer ensemble, plus three solo dancers. "When Lyric's Show Boat opened last year, critics and audiences were bowled over by the sound of a world-class opera orchestra and chorus interpreting the score," Freud said. "Oklahoma! will be no different, with all the musical richness and nuance that its composer and its orchestrator had envisioned."