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London News Christina Bianco, More Saddle Up for London Oklahoma! Concerts

Phil Dunster and Zizi Strallen are leading the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic as it returns to its first London home, Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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Full casting has been revealed for London's upcoming concerts of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! The landmark musical will be presented with two concert performances August 19 and 20 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where the work made its original London debut in 1947.

Newly joining the company are Christina Bianco (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Ado Annie, Jordan Shaw (Les Misérables) as Will Parker, two-time Olivier winner Joanna Riding (Stephen Sondheim’s Old FriendsCarousel) as Aunt Eller, Tosh Wanogho-Maud (The Drifters Girl) as Jud Fry, Irvine Iqbal (The Witches) as Ali Hakim, Nicole-Lily Baisden (Anything Goes) as Gertie, and Sebastien Torkia (Guys & Dolls) as Andrew. The cast is completed by George Beet, Ashleigh Graham, David McIntosh, Amonik Melaco, Carrie Willis, David Winters, Jessica Wright, and the London Musical Theatre Chorus. Casting is by Sarah-Jane Price.

As previously announced, Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso) and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) will lead the company as Curly and Laurey, respectively.

Bill Deamer is directing and choreographing the performances, which will feature the London Musical Theatre Orchestra playing Robert Russell Bennett's full, original 28-piece orchestrations. Ben Glassberg will conduct, with sound design by Tom Marshall, set and costume design by Rebecca Brower, lighting design by Tim Deiling, and stage management by Peter Barnett.

This concert is the second West End celebration marking the 80th anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein's collaboration, which began with Oklahoma! in 1943. An 80th anniversary concert was held in 2023, also at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, celebrating the duo's entire body of work. My Favorite Things: The Rodgers and Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert was filmed and has been screened in movie theatres worldwide and in an on-demand stream available in North America. Featuring performances from Audra McDonald, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Julian Ovenden, Marisha Wallace, Daniel Dae Kim, and more, the concert is set to premiere on PBS May 31 (check local listings).

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II began collaborating with 1943's Oklahoma!, a landmark musical that is considered the genre's first to fully integrate the book, lyrics, and choreography as agents of forwarding the plot. They would go on to dominate Broadway over the next two decades as both a writing and producing team, writing a string of classic musicals including Carousel, South Pacific, Allegro, The King and I, and The Sound of Music; and producing I Remember Mama and Annie Get Your Gun.

JAS Theatricals, Fourth Wall Live, and London Musical Theatre Orchestra are producing the event.

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