Skydance Television is partnering with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and Concord to develop an original television series inspired by famed Broadway musical “Oklahoma!”.
Set in contemporary times in the American heartland, the series will retain the stage production’s famed music but will reimagine the context for a modern audience and add some new music in the process to support the story.
The original musical is set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906, and tells the story of a farm girl and her courtship by two rival suitors. The Broadway production opened in 1943, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning 1955 film, and a young Hugh Jackman famously led a stage revival in the 1990s.
John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”) and Bekah Brunstetter (“This is Us”) are penning the series and Hancock will also direct the first episode. Both will serve as executive producers along with Ted Chapin, Sophia Dilley, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross.