Producer Eva Price announced complete casting today for the critically-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.
The highly anticipated North American tour begins performances at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on November 9, 2021 and will continue to play over 25 cities during the 2021-2022 season including stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago and Nashville, with additional cities to be announced. Click here to view the current tour route.
“Oklahoma! is the quintessential and classic American musical. When the original production opened in 1943, it was a groundbreaking celebration of country and community. Soldiers returned from war and found escape and affirmation while in the audience of the first ever modern American musical. Our production specifically is built around the idea of a community coming together in shared experience,” said Eva Price, producer. “Well, we’ve been through a hell of a shared experience in our country over the last 18 months, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to gather—safely—with audiences in theatres across America to appreciate this story anew.”
“Every element of this production looks, sounds and feels like America today–and we’re delighted to announce a cast of remarkable storytellers that represent the rich, diverse community of our country,” said Price.
The cast includes Sasha Hutchings (Oklahoma! Broadway, original Broadway cast of Hamilton) as Laurey Williams and Sean Grandillo (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening) as Curly McLain, joined by Christopher Bannow (Oklahoma! Broadway) as Jud Fry, Sis (“Pose”) as Ado Annie Carnes, Hennessy Winkler as Will Parker, Benj Mirman (Oklahoma! Bard SummerScape) as Ali Hakim, Barbara Walsh (Falsettos, Company, Oklahoma! National Tour in 1981) as Aunt Eller, Hannah Solow (The New One) as Gertie Cummings, Patrick Clanton (School of Rock, Sister Act tours) as Mike and Ugo Chukwu (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as Cord Elam. Mitch Tebo (Andrew Carnes) and Gabrielle Hamilton (Lead Dancer) also reprise their roles from the Broadway production. Gillian Hassert, Cameron Anika Hill, Hunter Hoffman, Scott Redmond, Gwynne Wood and Jordan Wynn join the cast as understudies.
Directed by Daniel Fish, this is Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen or heard it before—reimagined for the 21st century, and now the Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical. Funny and sexy, provocative and probing, this acclaimed production of Oklahoma! tells a story of a community banding together against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light.
Oklahoma! features music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, with original dances by Agnes de Mille.
The revival’s creative team includes John Heginbotham (New Choreography), Daniel Kluger (Orchestrations/Arrangements) Nathan Koci (Music Supervision) and Andy Collopy (Music Direction), with casting by Taylor Williams and Borna Barzin. Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Terese Wadden (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), and Joshua Thorson (Projection Design) round out the creative team. The production stage management team includes Andrew Bacigalupo, Rachael Wilkin and Jordan Wynn.
Initially announced as a limited engagement, Oklahoma! was extended due to popular demand at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. The musical played to sold out crowds on Broadway, in addition to garnering multiple Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and nominations. Oklahoma! officially opened April 7, 2019 after beginning preview performances March 19, and played its final Broadway performance on January 19, 2020.
Oklahoma! is produced by Eva Price, Level Forward, Abigail Disney, Barbara Manocherian & Carl Moellenberg, James L. Nederlander, David Mirvish, Mickey Liddell & Robert Ahrens, BSL Enterprises & MagicSpace Entertainment, Berlind Productions, John Gore Organization, Cornice Productions, Bard Fisher/R. Gold, LAMF/J. Geller, T Narang/ZKM Media, R/F/B/V Group, Araca/IPN, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Tamar Climan.
This production of Oklahoma! was first presented at Bard SummerScape followed by an engagement at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn where it had a sold out run in 2018. This production was originally developed, produced, and premiered at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Chair; Leon Botstein, President; Gideon Lester, Artistic Director; Bob Bursey, Executive Director; Caleb Hammons, Senior Producer) in July 2015.
SASHA HUTCHINGS (Laurey Williams). Hutchings recently appeared on Broadway as Laurey Williams in Oklahoma!, winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Revival. Hutchings is an original cast member of Hamilton and can be seen in the Hamilton film on Disney+. Additional Broadway credits include My Fair Lady, Rocky, Motown, and Memphis. Hutchings appears as Hope on the premiere season of “Run The World” currently streaming on Starz. Her additional TV credits include Paula Kelly on “Fosse/Verdon”, “The Bold Type”, “Jessica Jones”, “Master of None”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Dangerous Book for Boys”, and “SMASH”. Hutchings is an associate with Pink Cornrows, a social impact firm focused on making equity real. She is also a teaching artist with the Arthur Miller Foundation, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and New York City public school theatre programs. She holds a BPA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University.
SEAN GRANDILLO (Curly McLain). Grandillo appeared on Broadway in Deaf West Theater’s Spring Awakening. Selected television appearances include MTV’s “Scream”, “The Real O’Neals”, “RISE”, “Law and Order: SVU”, and “Blue Bloods”. Ithaca College alumni.
CHRISTOPHER BANNOW (Jud Fry). Bannow is an actor who is definitely not famous but nevertheless wants to keep telling stories. Broadway, West End, Off-Broadway, Regional. Training at Boston University and the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale.
SIS (Ado Annie Carnes). Sis is an Actress, Activist, and Sister to the people. You can watch her on “Pose” S3 and “The Last O.G” S4. Follow her on IG @ucancallmesis to learn more. She would like to thank God and her family and LINK 2019.
HENNESSY WINKLER (Will Parker). This is Hennessy’s first Broadway tour and he’s grateful to be part of this company. Recent credits include DNA at La Jolla Playhouse and Nicolas in the new musical, Far From Canterbury. Reps: Ann Thomas, ATB and Tony Cloer.
BENJ MIRMAN (Ali Hakim). Benj is thrilled to be back with Oklahoma! after appearing in the original Bard SummerScape production. BFA: NYU. @benjmirman
BARBARA WALSH (Aunt Eller). Broadway: Falsettos (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, LA Ovation Award), Company (Drama Desk nomination), Hairspray, Big, Blood Brothers, Nine, Rock and Roll!, The First 5000 Years. Off Broadway: Macbeth (CSC), Summer and Smoke (CSC and TRANSPORT GROUP) TV: “Law & Order”, “Madam Secretary”.
HANNAH SOLOW (Gertie Cummings, u/s Ado Annie, u/s Aunt Eller). National tour debut! A comedian and writer, Hannah has performed in every basement in New York. BFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Recently seen on Disney+’s “The Big Fib”. @babymcgoo www.hannahsolow.com
PATRICK CLANTON (Mike, u/s Andrew Carnes, u/s Cord Elam, u/s Jud Fry). National Tours: School of Rock, Sister Act. Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Casa Mañana, North Shore Music Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse. BFA: Elon University.
UGO CHUKWU (Cord Elam, u/s Andrew Carnes). Chukwu is a performer from the Bronx. He was last seen in What To Send Up When It Goes Down at BAM and Playwrights Horizon. He also is a Teaching Artist with New Victory and Opening Act. www.Ugochukwuactor.com
MITCH TEBO (Andrew Carnes). Broadway: Tony Winning revival of Oklahoma! Off-B’way: Plaza Suite, The Tempest, Passion of Dracula, Richard III, Waiting For Godot, Misanthrope. Reg’l: Native Gardens, All The Way, Three Musketeers, The Christians, Henry V, Christmas Carol, Macbeth. TV: “Divorce”, “ABC 20/20.”
GABRIELLE HAMILTON (Lead Dancer). Known for the Dream Ballet in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!. Award winning soloist Gabrielle Hamilton returns to Broadway with the purpose of expanding her beliefs by influencing the mindset of the world to change through her creative doings.
GILLIAN HASSERT (u/s Aunt Eller, u/s Gertie Cummings). Regional: Hunchback, Kinky Boots (Fulton Theatre); Grease (MSMT) Nat’l Tour: Fame. TV: “New Amsterdam, “Younger”. Lincoln Center debut with Women Warriors: The Voices of Change. Education: Carnegie Mellon. www.gillianhassert.com
CAMERON ANIKA HILL (u/s Laurey Williams, u/s Lead Dancer). New Jersey native. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen. National Tour: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Regional: The MUNY, PCLO, MT Wichita, WBT. CCM2016. @cameronanika
HUNTER HOFFMAN (u/s Curly McLain, u/s Jud Fry, u/s Will Parker, u/s Ali Hakim, u/s Mike). Broadway: Sweat. Select Theatre: Sweat (Public Theatre Mobile Unit National), Troilus & Cressida (NYSF), The Last Match, (B Street Theatre), Clarkston (BCT). Original music on all streaming platforms under “The Lost Wayne”. B.A. Principia College. Graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse.
SCOTT REDMOND (u/s Curly McLain, u/s Ali Hakim, u/s Will Parker, u/s Cord Elam, u/s Mike). Touring debut! Credits: Ride the Cyclone (Alliance Theatre, Original Cast Recording), Freedom Riders (NYMF), Shrek (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Current workshop: Once Bitten. TV: “After Forever” (Amazon). BFA Acting, UConn. scottredmondactor.com. @notscottredmond
GWYNNE WOOD (u/s Laurey Williams, u/s Ado Annie, u/s Gertie Cummings). Thrilled to join the company of Oklahoma! for their first national tour! Boston Conservatory BFA 2018 graduate with an emphasis in Directing. IG: @gwynnelaurel
JORDAN WYNN (Alternate Lead Dancer, Dance Captain). NYU Tisch Dance, BFA ‘21. She has performed in Oklahoma! Off-Broadway, for EDM artist KSHMR, and has been Rehearsal Director for Shamel Pitts and Rena Butler.