FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Northport, NY- May 2017) – The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for OKLAHOMA! Performances begin on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00pm and run through Sunday, June 25, 2017.
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. OKLAHOMA! spins the tale of the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys in the Indian territory of Oklahoma at the turn of the twentieth century. This provides a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Nominated for Seven Tony Awards® and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, it’s filled with some of the most recognized songs in theatre, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, the resounding “Ok-la-hom-a.”
OKLAHOMA! is produced by RICHARD T. DOLCE the Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director.
The Director is IGOR GOLDIN (Engeman Theater: 1776, Memphis, West Side Story, The Producers, Evita, Twelve Angry Men, South Pacific; Off Broadway: YANK!, With Glee, A Ritual of Faith, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Crossing Swords). The Choreographer is DREW HUMPHREY (Engeman Theater: White Christmas (Choreographer) , Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Chorus Line (Director)). The Musical Director is JEFF THEISS (Broadway: Book of Mormon – Rehearsal Pianist, Keyboard 2 sub, Conductor sub; Off Broadway: The Band’s Visit; Regional: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). The Assistant Director is TREY COMPTON (Engeman Theater: South Pacific, Twelve Angry Men, The Music Man, Evita, The Producers, West Side Story; Off-Broadway: YANK!, White’s Lies). The Associate Choreographer is KELLY SHEEHAN (Engeman Theater: A Chorus Line (Sheila); Broadway: 42nd Street (Lorraine), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas).
The Creative Team includes: D.T. WILLIS (Scenic Design), MATTHEW SOLOMON (Costume Design), ZACH BLANE (Lighting Design), LAURA SHUBERT (Sound Design), KURT ALGER (Wig Design), GAYLE SEAY, SCOTT WOJCIK and HOLLY BUCZEK of WOJCIK/SEAY CASTING (Casting Directors), SUZANNE MASON (Props Design), SEAN FRANCIS PATRICK (Production Stage Manager) and LEILA SCANDAR (Assistant Stage Manager).
The cast of OKLAHOMA! features BRYANT MARTIN as Curly (Regional: The Last Ship at Pioneer Theatre Company, Phantom at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Oklahoma! at Musical Theatre West and Lyric Stage, 1776 at Lyric Stage, First Date at the Mason Street Warehouse, Shenandoah at Totem Pole Playhouse, Gentleman Volunteers for the Pig Iron Theatre Company and Sedition at the Westport Country Playhouse), KAITLYN DAVIDSON as Laurey (Broadway: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Nice Work if You Can Get It; National Tour: Ella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Regional: Signature Theatre, Riverside Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, The Marriott Theatre, The Maltz Jupiter) and NATHANIEL HACKMANN as Jud Fry (Engeman Theater: Jekyll & Hyde (Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde); Broadway/National Tours: Les Miserables (Valjean, Javert u/s), Paint Your Wagon (Steve); Regional: Beauty and the Beast at MUNY (Gaston), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Carousel, Ragtime, Into the Woods, Camelot, Sanders Family Christmas, Bye Bye Birdie).
The cast also features: JANE BLASS as Aunt Eller (Engeman Theater: Mary Poppins, Oliver!; Broadway: Mrs. Greer/Miss Hannigan u/s in Annie; Broadway Tours: Prudy/Female Authority Figure in Hairspray, Margaret/Violet u/s in 9 to 5), CHRIS BRAND as Will Parker (Engeman Theater: Mary Poppins (Bert); National Tour: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and BRIANNE KENNEDY as Ado Annie (National/International Tour: Annie (Lilly u/s); Regional: Les Miserables, Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde).
The cast also includes: SARI ALEXANDER, CHARLES BARAN, ROBERT BUDNICK, DANNY GARDNER, ZACH HAWTHORNE TYLER HUCKSTEP, KAITLYN MAYSE, KIM McCLAY, DANNY McHUGH, NICK MILLER, KAITLIN NELSON, MEGHAN NICOLE ROSS, CONNOR SCHWANTES, KELLY SHEEHAN and MICHAEL J. VERRE.
Press Opening is Saturday, May 13th at 8:00pm
OKLAHOMA! will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00. Some Wednesday and Sunday evenings are available. Tickets are $76 on Saturday evenings, $71 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at www.EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality, theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.
For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com