Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman from Great Performances

Nov 15, 2013

Tonight 9 p.m. to Midnight on WV PBS

Great news for Hollywood and Broadway fans: Hugh Jackman—who recently starred in the worldwide hit film version of Les Misérables— can be seen again in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!,” Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

This Great Performances is part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Still “doin’ fine” after 60 years, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark American musical “Oklahoma!” is reborn in this film version of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning production. Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman, it set box office records during its run in London, and again on Broadway, with critics and audiences alike captivated by its fresh new take on a venerable classic.

The magic of the original London cast was captured in this deluxe film adaptation, which includes a sensational, star-making performance by X-Man Hugh Jackman as Curly. Also featured are original cast members Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey, Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller and Tony-winner Shuler Hensley as the menacing yet hauntingly sympathetic Jud Fry.

Among the work’s famous songs are “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Out of My Dreams,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “Oklahoma!,” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” perhaps Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved creation.