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Best Oklahoma Recording??

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Best Oklahoma Recording??#1
Posted: 2/22/08 at 2:29pm
I'm currently in rehearsals for Oklahoma and I currently have the orignal Broadway recording but I'm not crazy about it. What recording of Oklahoma is the best/should I get?? One of the revivals?? London production?? There's so many. Thanks!!
A Chorus Line revival played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013. Another non-equity tour launched on January 20, 2018. The tour ended its US run in Kansas City and then toured throughout Japan August & September 2018.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#2
Posted: 2/22/08 at 2:47pm
After the OBC, I am partial to the '79 revival cast with Laurence Guittard and Christine Andreas as Curly and Laurie, and Christine Ebersole and Harry Groener as Annie and Will. Andreas and Guittard are in glorious voice and Ebersole really nails the comedy, plus it is fairly complete (minus the dream ballet). Happy listening!
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#2
Posted: 2/22/08 at 2:53pm
do any of the recordings have the dream ballet in it?? thanks!
A Chorus Line revival played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013. Another non-equity tour launched on January 20, 2018. The tour ended its US run in Kansas City and then toured throughout Japan August & September 2018.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#3
Posted: 2/22/08 at 2:58pm
My favorite is the Christine Andreas/Harry Groener/Christine Ebersole revival.

I also like the studio disc with Kay Ballard and the London Revival with Hugh Jackman.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#4
Posted: 2/22/08 at 3:13pm
ACL: As far as I know there isn't a Jay masterworks, or similar, edition that includes every note of the score.

Bobbybubby: Seeing that you have Florence Henderson's South Pacific as your avatar, have you heard Henderson's Oklahoma with John Raitt? It's not the best representation of the show, but it has its moments, as well as a spunky Phyllis Newman as Annie!
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#5
Posted: 2/22/08 at 3:23pm
I prefer McRae and Jones, but the Guittard/Andreas is my fave--plus I love the arrangement of the title song.

I got to see Ebersole sing "I Cain't Say No" at a benefit--she played it totally straight with just the accent and was almost perfectly still--she kinda stole the whole show.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#6
Posted: 2/22/08 at 3:29pm
I have that disc too, with Henderson. She's lovely on it but I find the rest of the cast lacking.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#7
Posted: 2/22/08 at 3:37pm
I prefer the Jackman revival The Henderson/Raitt recording is a lot of fun, but remember that it's a studio recording and doesn't use the original orchestrations.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#8
Posted: 2/22/08 at 4:47pm
The 1979 Broadway Revival and the 1998 London Revival are the ones to get :)
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#9
Posted: 2/22/08 at 5:01pm
I think the London CD has the whole ballet.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#10
Posted: 2/22/08 at 5:05pm
Not a CD, but the DVDof the London revival with Hugh Jackman is great.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#11
Posted: 2/22/08 at 5:06pm
My favorite is also the Christine Andreas/Harry Groener/Christine Ebersole 79' revival.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#12
Posted: 2/22/08 at 8:18pm
79 Revival its a perfect recording.
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re: Best Oklahoma Recording??#13
Posted: 2/22/08 at 9:05pm
The London Revival with Hugh Jackman is the most complete recording that I've heard if you need one to rehearse with.