Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs