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A TV Adaptation of the Oklahoma! Musical Is in the Works

Chloe Foussianes
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From Town & Country

Not long after an updated, edgy version of classic musical Oklahoma! debuted on Broadway, news landed that another revival of the beloved show was being planned-and this time, the story will be serialized.

Production company Skydance Television announced that it was developing a TV show based on Oklahoma! While it won't be quite as revisionist as the current Broadway take, the series will be set in the present day, and will feature new songs alongside the classic numbers composed by iconic duo Rodgers & Hammerstein.

"Oklahoma!’s artistically revolutionary position in American culture has both kept it at the forefront of theatrical performances and allowed for various new innovations," Ted Chapin, chief creative officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, said, per Variety. "This first-time ever television series will expand on the life of this remarkably resilient show."

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In addition to this year's acclaimed revival, the Oklahoma! television series will have a big Sooner State-shaped shoes to fill. The show first debuted in 1943, and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 1955. (The latter version, starring Gordon MacRae and Gloria Grahame, is perhaps the best-known Oklahoma! to date.) The movie was remade in 1999, featuring Maureen Lipman and Hugh Jackman.

The series is being written by John Lee Hancock, who penned The Blind Side and directed Saving Mr. Banks, as well as Bekah Brunstetter, who's written episodes for shows like This Is Us and American Gods.

Perhaps as they begin to formulate their scripts, they'll look to Daniel Fish, the director of the current Oklahoma! revival. "I didn’t change the show," Fish told Town & Country. "I just tried to listen to it. And ask some questions."



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