Musical - Original

St. James Theatre

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  • Opening Date: March 31, 1943
  • Closing Date: May 29, 1948
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 2212

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II


A confident cowboy competes with a surly, mysterious farmhand for the honor of taking a lovely young farm woman to a dance in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 musical adaptation of Green Grow the Lilacs.


Opening Night Cast

Betty Garde Aunt Eller
Alfred Drake in Oklahoma! Alfred Drake Curly
Joseph Buloff Ali Hakim
Joan Roberts in Oklahoma! Joan Roberts Laurey
Lee Dixon Will Parker
Howard Da Silva Jud Fry
Celeste Holm in Oklahoma! Celeste Holm Ado Annie Carnes
Ralph Riggs Andrew Carnes
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Opening Night Production Credits

Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Book
Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers Music
Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Lyrics
  Rouben Mamoulian Director
Agnes de Mille Agnes de Mille Choreographer
  Lemuel Ayers Scenic Design
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1942 - 1943

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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1947 Theatre World Award Dorothea MacFarland Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1993 Special Tony Award   Winner
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