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Oklahoma!

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Overview

Before hitting it big stateside in 2000's X-Men, Hugh Jackman impressed London audiences with his performance as Curly in director Trevor Nunn's wildly successful revival of Oklahoma!, a live performance of which was captured for this television and video broadcast. Shot at the Royal National Theater, the performance tells the time-tested tale of Laurey Josefina Gabrielle and her struggles to resist the advances of the brutish Jud Shuler Hensley in favor of the gentle Curly Jackman. All of the musical's ...
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Overview

Before hitting it big stateside in 2000's X-Men, Hugh Jackman impressed London audiences with his performance as Curly in director Trevor Nunn's wildly successful revival of Oklahoma!, a live performance of which was captured for this television and video broadcast. Shot at the Royal National Theater, the performance tells the time-tested tale of Laurey Josefina Gabrielle and her struggles to resist the advances of the brutish Jud Shuler Hensley in favor of the gentle Curly Jackman. All of the musical's much-loved tunes are here, including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and the title song. Oklahoma! was broadcast on PBS in November 2003, coinciding with its U.S. video release.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes "The Making of Oklahoma!"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • UPC: 014381615050
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Curly McClain
Josefina Gabrielle Laurey Williams
Maureen Lipman Aunt Eller
Shuler Hensley Jud
Peter Polycarpou Ali Hakim
Jimmy Johnston Will Parker
Vicki Simon Ado Annie
Technical Credits
Chris Hunt Director, Producer
Trevor Nunn Director
Keith Palmer Editor
Richard Price Producer
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Susan Stroman Choreography
Eric Walmsley Art Director
Anthony Ward Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Paul Wheeler Cinematographer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    OKLAHOMA! opened on Broadway in 1943 and became a classic - not only because the Rodgers and Hammerstein score was so strong, but also because Agnes De Mille was brought in to introduce serious choreography to the Broadway stage. For the past 64 years this musical comedy/drama has been on the boards both professionally and in high schools, colleges and community theaters and always meets with audience acclaim. In 1999 Trevor Nunn reshaped the work, added choreography by Susan Stroman, beefed up the orchestrations, and re-staged the old warhorse in London and the result is an entirely fresh look and appreciation for an 'American classic'. Nunn opens the inner conflicts of the story and emphasizes some of the more minor characters, a move that adds to the dramatic flow of the work. Yet his biggest asset is the presence of Hugh Jackman as Curly, a handsome stage presence who also happens to possess a strong baritone singing voice and is an agile dancer. From the opening bars of 'Oh, what a beautiful morning' he has us in his back pocket. The remainder of the cast is strong, with special kudos to Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller, a woman of such plainsman power that she holds the story together with ease. Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey is a fine dancer and has a supple if monochromatic voice and brings a different kind of life to her role. And for once the sinister Jud Fry becomes an understandable villain in the fine work by Shuler Hensley. For those who don't like audible applause from an audience during a show the technique of making the film appear like a live production will disturb. For this viewer seeing the British audience become involved in the response of this musical made it that much more fun. This is a very fine performance and film of an old American treasure. Grady Harp

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I didn't even want to look at Oklahoma! until I saw this

    My dad has been telling me about different musicals for years, and I never listened. One night, I turned the TV on and saw "Oklahoma!" on PBS. What a performance! The ballet was amazing and the songs and dances were out of this world. Susan Stroman is definitely a great choreographer. ALL OF YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Changed my mind about this work

    Being an Oklahoma native, I always thought the 1950's version of this movie was the corniest thing I'd ever seen. And I mean corny to the point of being offensive. Now, I didn't expect a documentary, but everything was just too sweet, pretty and clean. However, being a Hugh Jackman fan, I took a chance on this DVD. What a difference! The sets, the costumes and the acting all ring true to the period while still retaining the fun and entertainment of a Broadway musical. I love Trevor Nunn's technique of filming a play that gives the viewer the feeling of being in the theater, as well as enjoying interesting close-ups and camera angles. I highly recommend this DVD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jackman wows Broadway

    If you love Broadway musicals, and you love Hugh Jackman, you should not miss this fantastic performance. The man can do anything and the rest of this cast is great, too! "Oklahoma!" is a classic Broadway show and this one shows us why.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow and a half

    I've seem 'Oklahoma!' many times in different venues, but this version tops all of the others. It has subtlety, compassion, humor, and meaning beyond that of any other version I've seen on screen or stage. Bravo, Trevor Nunn! And Hugh Jackman simply shines.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FORGET THE FILM....

    If the only exposure you've ever had to OKLAHOMA is the Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae movie version, then run do not walk to your nearest Barnes & Noble and pick up a copy of this London stage production. Hugh Jackman is outstanding (who knew he coud sing?) and Josefina Gabriella and Maureen Lipman make Laurie and Aunt Eller, respectively their own. The best part of this production is that it is filmed and edited as though we were in fact watching a movie. If not for the occasional camera pan to the audience one would forget this is a staged production. It is as though you are watching the original Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacular for the first time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I didn't think it could get better than Gordon McRae!

    If you loved the original, you must see this London revival! Hugh Jackman is heart-stopping, Josefina Gabrielle stunningly portrays Laurie, and the supporting performances are equally brilliant. Also, this is the first OKLAHOMA! I've seen where the principles do their own ballet sequence. It's absolutely breathtaking. This performance will make you appreciate an old favorite as though you're seeing it for the first time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You're Doin Fine Oklahoma, Oklahoma...OK!!!

    I love this version of Oklahoma because it's dark and more true to life. The songs are updated to fit the time period and the acting is really in-depth and well developed. I played 'Curly' in high school I wish I had the big fight scene that was added in this version between Judd and Curley fighting for Laurey's love. Great performance

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    No closed captioning or English subtitles @:(

    Even though I saw this on PBS with subtitles and enjoyed it immensely, the DVD has none. Beware if this is important to you.

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    Posted February 28, 2009

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