Tony nominee Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones, Curly and Laurey (respectively) in Broadway's current Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma!, give their surprisingly sensual take on "People Will Say We're in Love" in the new music video above.
Helmed by Daniel Fish, the new production offers a stark and contemporary re-imagining of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical, featuring new arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Kluger.
Daunno and Jones lead a cast that also includes Tony nominee Mary Testa and Tony winner Ali Stroker as Aunt Eller and Ado Annie, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, Will Brill as Ali Hakim, Mallory Portnoy as Gertie Cummings, James Davis as Will Parker, Mitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes, Anthony Cason as Cord, and Will Mann as Mike.
This new production, which comes to Broadway following earlier runs at Bard College and Off-Broadway's St. Anne's Warehouse, was nominated for eight 2019 Tony Awards: Best Sound Design (Drew Levy), Scenic Design (Laura Jellinek), Orchestrations (Kluger), Featured Actress (Testa and Stroker), Lead Actor (Daunno), Director (Fish), and Revival of a Musical. Rounding out the production's creative team are choreographer John Heginbotham, costume designer Terese Wadden, lighting designer Scott Zielinski, projection designer Joshua Thorson, and music director Nathan Koci. Casting is by Will Cantler and Adam Caldwell of Telsey & Co.
The first collaboration between the Broadway golden age powerhouse duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! was adapted from Lynn Riggs' play Green Grow the Lilacs, and was originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille. The original production, which premiered on Broadway in 1943, is largely credited with being the first musical to fully integrate its book, score, and choreography towards advancing the plot. Fish's re-imagining leaves the original text and score intact, while exploring them through a 21st century lens.