The revival of Roger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! debuted its cast album this week and secured the # 2 position on the official Billboard Cast Album chart, following Hamilton at # 1.
The Oklahoma! revival received two Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and it was called the Best of the Year and Critic’s Choice by the New York Times. TIME Magazine called the show the #1 Theatrical Event of the Year. The show is directed by Tony Award nominee Daniel Fish and the cast includes Will Brill, Anthony Cason, Damon Daunno, James Davis, Gabrielle Hamilton, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Mann, Mallory Portnoy, Ali Stroker, Mitch Tebo, Mary Testa and Patrick Vaill.
Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger, the albums’ producers, were the first people that The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization allowed to create new arrangement on an original score. The New York Times exclaimed, The well-known melodies have been reimagined by the brilliant orchestrator and arranger Daniel Kluger - with the vernacular throb and straightforwardness of country and western ballads”.