Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!: Youth Edition


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!: Youth Edition

Short Musical, Comedy  /  4w, 5m plus ensemble

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

The groundbreaking musical that set the stage for all that followed! Rodgers & Hammerstein's exuberant classic is a lively, tuneful musical full of cowboys, farmers, romance and fearless optimism.

Image: 2002 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!: Youth Edition

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 5m plus ensemble
  • Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • Winner! 1944 Pulitzer Prize
    Winner! Two 1956 Academy Awards, including Best Music
    Winner! 1993 Special Tony Award (50th Anniversary)
    Winner! Four 1999 Olivier Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production
    Nominee: Two 1980 Tony Awards
    Nominee: Eight 2002 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical
    Nominee: Seven 2002 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical
    Winner! Two 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical
    Nominee: Eleven 2019 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical



Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma: Youth Edition is a one-hour adaptation of the beloved musical, designed especially for young performers.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, setting the standards and rules of modern musical theatre. In a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful background for Curly, a charming cowboy, and Laurey, a feisty farm girl, to play out their love story. Their romantic journey, as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road, contrasts with the comic exploits of brazen Ado Annie and hapless Will Parker in a musical adventure embracing hope, determination and the promise of a new land.

In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic remain. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score while learning about theatere and its production.


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! launched a new era in the American musical. It also began the most successful songwriting partnership in Broadway history.

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian and choreographed by a then-unknown ballet choreographer named Agnes de Mille, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical version of Green Grow the Lilacs, originally titled Away We Go, made its world premiere at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut in March of 1943. Only a few changes were made on the road, but they were significant. On number, “Boys and Girls Like You and Me,” was cut, and a number about the land originally planned as a duet for Laurey and Curly became instead a showstopping chorale called “Oklahoma.” So successful was this number during the musical’s pre-Broadway engagement in Boston that the decision was made to add an exclamation point and make it the name of the show.

Oklahoma! opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway on 31 March 1943. At that time, the longest-running show in Broadway history had run for three years. Oklahoma! surpassed that record by two more years, running for a marathon 2,212 performances. The US national tour played for an unprecedented ten and a half years, visiting every single state and playing before a combined audience of more than 10 million people. In 1947, Oklahoma! opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, where it ran for 1,548 performances, the longest run of any show up to that time in the 267-year history of the theatre. In 1953, the Oklahoma State Legislature named “Oklahoma” the official state song. In 1955, the motion picture version of Oklahoma!, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones and produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein, was released to great success.

Oklahoma! returned to Broadway several times, most recently in a reconceived and critically acclaimed 2019 revival directed by Daniel Fish.

3 Women (Aunt Eller, Laurey Williams, Ado Annie Carnes)
4 Men (Curly McLain, Jud Fry, Will Parker, The Peddler)

1 Woman (Gertie Cummings)
1 Man (Andrew Carnes)

Large singing and dancing ensemble with numerous small roles

Aunt Eller Murphy
Curly McLain, a cowboy
Laurey Williams, a farm girl
Jud Fry, a farm hand
Will Parker, a cowboy
Ado Annie Carnes, a farm girl
The Peddler
Gertie Cummings
Andrew Carnes, a farmer
Ike Skidmore, a rancher
Cord Elam, a rancher
Fred, a rancher
Slim, a rancher
Mike, a farmer
Joe, a cowboy
Tom, a cowboy

Casting Note: In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.

In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.

  • Time Period 1900-1910, Wild West
  • Setting The Western Indian Territory, soon to become the state of Oklahoma, in the early 1900s.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)


“One of the landmarks of 20th century theatre... a defining event of American culture.” – Houston Chronicle

“A masterpiece... Rodgers & Hammerstein are truly up there with Eugene O'Neill as the great American theatre creators.” – New York Post

“If ever a show earned its exclamation point, it’s this one!” – Wall Street Journal

“There’s nothing corny about this wonderful, fresh show. It’s not just a classic American musical but—and this is the real surprise—a truthful, touching and gripping drama about growing up and falling in love, about dreams and nightmares.” – London Daily Mail

“Forget baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Nothing is more American than Oklahoma!... One of the landmarks of 20th-century theatre, it remains a defining event of American culture.” – Houston Chronicle

“Calling Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! a classic American musical is an understatement. Like Grant Wood's ‘American Gothic’ and Mark Twain's novels, or George Gershwin's ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and Chuck Berry’s rock ’n’ roll, Oklahoma! is firmly embedded in the canon of America’s greatest cultural creations.” – Wichita Eagle


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    Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!: Youth Edition

  • Oklahoma! – Through Time and History youtube thumbnail

    Oklahoma! – Through Time and History


Music Samples

1. “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’” – Curly, Aunt Eller, Ensemble
2. “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” – Curly, Aunt Eller, Farmhands
3. “Kansas City” – Will, Aunt Eller, Solo 1, Solo 2, Ike, Rodeo Folk
4. “I Cain’t Say No!” – Ado Annie
5. “Many A New Day” – Laurey, Girls
6. “People Will Say We’re In Love” – Curly, Laurey, Ensemble
7. “Out Of My Dreams” – Laurey, Girls
8. End Of Scene – Instrumental
9. “The Farmer And The Cowman (Part 1)” – Carnes, Aunt Eller, Will, Curly, Cord Elam, Fred, Vivian, Farmers, Cowmen, Ensemble
10. “The Farmer And The Cowman (Part 2)” – Will, Curly, Aunt Eller, Farmers, Cowmen, Ensemble
11. Reprise: “People Will Say We’re In Love’’ – Curly, Laurey, Ensemble
12. Change Of Scene – Instrumental
13. “All Er Nuthin’” – Will, Ado Annie
14. Change Into Scene 3 – Instrumental
15. “Oklahoma” – Aunt Eller, Carnes, Curly, Laurey, Solo 1, Solo 2, Solo 3, Solo 4, Ensemble
16. “Bows” – Ensemble
17. Exit Music – Instrumental
  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsEasy
  • Chorus Size Large

Licensing & Materials

  • PLEASE BE ADVISED: There are multiple versions of this title. Before you proceed, please double-check to ensure that you are applying for the version you want. We will not be able to refund rental or shipping fees if you pay for the wrong version.

    If you’re not sure which version best suits your needs, you may purchase a perusal for each available version.



Music Rentals

Concord offers a full suite of resources to help you put on the show of a lifetime!

30 Student Libretto-Vocal
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Production Guide

1 Digital Resource Package:

  • Performance Tracks
  • Guide Vocal Tracks
  • Guide to Choreography & Staging
  • Audition Sides and Forms and Track Samples
  • Costume Design
  • Set Design (including instructions on how to build fence set pieces and a working windmill)
  • Props List
  • Artwork

Note: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!: Youth Edition is presented with fully orchestrated Performance Tracks; there is no orchestration for live accompaniment. 

Notwithstanding the Rental Material return instructions set forth in your licensing agreement, you do not need to return your Rental Materials for this title.


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Lynn Riggs

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