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Kermit directing Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! was the first musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs, the musical is set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906 and follows the love triangle of cowboy Curly McLain, farm girl Laurey Williams and hired hand Jud Fry.

The original Broadway production opened in 1943 and ran for a then unprecedented 2,212 performances. It spawned an Academy Award-winning film adaptation in 1955, has enjoyed multiple revivals, and has become a staple of school and community productions since its debut.

Many of the songs written specifically for the show have become popular standards, including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "I Cain't Say No" and the title song "Oklahoma."


  • In a Season 20 sketch on Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog is directing Oklahoma! starring Forgetful Jones, who forgets the starting vowel in the first word of the title song, substituting "Aklahoma!," "Eeklahoma!," and "Iklahoma!" instead. When he finally does get it right, the cast has to take a lunch break before they can continue.
  • In the book Before You Leap, Kermit states that he headlined in an all-amphibian version of the classic musical "Croaklahoma."


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