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Landmark musical: 'Oklahoma!' brings rivalry, classic love story to arts center

Special Photo: Matt Coddington
 “Oklahoma!” will be performed today through Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The musical is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. 

Special Photo: Matt Coddington “Oklahoma!” will be performed today through Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The musical is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. 

ATLANTA — The award-winning classic American musical that launched the songwriting collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein is showing this weekend at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Set in circa 1900 Oklahoma against a backdrop of the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys, “Oklahoma!” is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. Featuring such favorite numbers as “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “Surrey with a Fringe on Top,” this landmark musical is a true treasure of the musical stage.

Based on the play, “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs, “Oklahoma!” premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 1943. Running a marathon 2,212 performances, it became the first real phenomenon in Broadway history. Subsequently, the first national tour crisscrossed the country for more than 10 years, playing to an audience in excess of 10 million people. The 1955 film version garnered two Oscars.

If You Go

• What: “Oklahoma!”

• When: 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

• Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta

An all-new production of the endearing classic is appearing at the Cobb Energy Centre through Sunday. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shows are priced from $20 to $59 plus ticketing fees. Tickets are available at the Bank of North Georgia Box Office at the Cobb Energy Centre, all Ticketmaster retail outlet locations, Ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. The box office, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mini-season tickets for the remaining three shows of the Gas South Broadway Series — “Oklahoma!,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Chorus Line” — are available beginning at $76.50. They are available for purchase by phone at 404-916-2852 or in person at the Cobb Energy Centre’s box office. Season ticket information is also available at www.cobbenergycentre.com/broadway.