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It’s 1954.  Hollywood’s getting ready to film “Oklahoma!” — IN WISCONSIN!??

It’s 1954.  Hollywood’s getting ready to film “Oklahoma!” — IN WISCONSIN!??

Book & Lyrics by Richard Castle, Music by Matthew Levine

Synopsis

It’s 1954, and Hollywood is ready to film a glorious widescreen movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical, Oklahoma! In order to capture the Technicolor splendor of the bright golden haze on the meadow, the waving wheat, and the corn as high as an elephant’s eye, the studio hopes to film Oklahoma! on location. But there’s one problem: the state of Oklahoma has too many oil wells dotting the landscape.  In true Hollywood fashion, Oklahoma needs a stand-in.

 

A location scout, desperate to save his job, tries his best to turn a Wisconsin Inn into a movie set, and the poor family gets caught in the middle of his ambitions.

 

 

Reviews

“A veritable Easter-egg hunt for musical lovers!”  “A high-octane musical score!”

-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

“Infectious…Lively songs!”

-We are Green Bay website

 

History

Oklahoma in Wisconsin was developed for Northern Sky Theatre in Wisconsin, and after having been featured as part of the 2015 STAGES Festival of New Musicals, it received its world premiere at Northern Sky in the summer of 2017.

An overly ambitious Hollywood location scout will do whatever it takes to get his boss to film Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in rural 1954 Wisconsin.

A family-friendly homage to the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Oklahoma in Wisconsin is a valentine to musical theater itself, telling the story of a location scout desperate to use Wisconsin as a stand-in.

Production Details

CAST SIZE: 6
SET: Unit set
ORCHESTRATION: Piano, bass, drums
GENRE: Comedy

Creator Bios

Richard Castle (book and lyrics). LOVE STINGS, a new musical comedy, was commissioned by Northern Sky Theater and will have its world premiere there in the summer of 2020. OKLAHOMA IN WISCONSIN, his 1950s-style family musical, enjoyed its world premiere at Northern Sky Theater in 2017. THE ANGEL OF PAINTED POST was selected by Stephen Schwartz for the ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theater Workshop in Los Angeles. His comedy song Mr. Whiskers was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2020. Other projects include book & lyrics for the vampire musical BLOODLINE, and lyrics for the L.A. Latino Theater Company production of L.A. CARMEN. Richard’s shows have been featured in the L.A. Stages New Musical Festival, and his songs have been performed at A Little New Music, a showcase of new musical theater writers, at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC, and with the Hexagon Revue in Washington, DC. Richard holds a degree from the USC School of Theater and has studied at the Songwriting School of Los Angeles. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and New Musicals Inc.

Matthew Levine (music) has been a songwriter for decades, winning a batch of awards and publishing contracts. His score for LOVE STINGS (his third musical with partner in rhyme, Richard Castle) premiered at Northern Sky Theater in 2020. His score to OKLAHOMA IN WISCONSIN was heard at Northern Sky in 2017. His music for THE ANGEL OF PAINTED POST was featured in Stephen Schwartz’s ASCAP/DreamWorks Workshop. He wrote the music to Mr. Whiskers, which was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2020. Matthew’s choral music has been performed on every continent, and his string quartet, “The Prophet of Shiraz” won the Louisa Stude Serofim Award at the University of Houston, where he received his undergraduate degree. He has collaborated with Grammy and Tony award-winning writers, and recently created the sound design for Debra Ehrhardt’s one-woman show SHAME ON ME! Matthew is a member of ASCAP and New Musicals Inc. He lives in Los Angeles.

Book & Lyrics by Richard Castle, Music by Matthew Levine

An overly ambitious Hollywood location scout will do whatever it takes to get his boss to film Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in rural 1954 Wisconsin.

A family-friendly homage to the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Oklahoma in Wisconsin is a valentine to musical theater itself, telling the story of a location scout desperate to use Wisconsin as a stand-in.

Synopsis

It’s 1954, and Hollywood is ready to film a glorious widescreen movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical, Oklahoma! In order to capture the Technicolor splendor of the bright golden haze on the meadow, the waving wheat, and the corn as high as an elephant’s eye, the studio hopes to film Oklahoma! on location. But there’s one problem: the state of Oklahoma has too many oil wells dotting the landscape.  In true Hollywood fashion, Oklahoma needs a stand-in.

 

A location scout, desperate to save his job, tries his best to turn a Wisconsin Inn into a movie set, and the poor family gets caught in the middle of his ambitions.

 

 

Reviews

“A veritable Easter-egg hunt for musical lovers!”  “A high-octane musical score!”

-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

“Infectious…Lively songs!”

-We are Green Bay website

 

History

Oklahoma in Wisconsin was developed for Northern Sky Theatre in Wisconsin, and after having been featured as part of the 2015 STAGES Festival of New Musicals, it received its world premiere at Northern Sky in the summer of 2017.

Production Details

CAST SIZE: 6
SET: Unit set
ORCHESTRATION: Piano, bass, drums
GENRE: Comedy

Creator Bios

Richard Castle (book and lyrics). LOVE STINGS, a new musical comedy, was commissioned by Northern Sky Theater and will have its world premiere there in the summer of 2020. OKLAHOMA IN WISCONSIN, his 1950s-style family musical, enjoyed its world premiere at Northern Sky Theater in 2017. THE ANGEL OF PAINTED POST was selected by Stephen Schwartz for the ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theater Workshop in Los Angeles. His comedy song Mr. Whiskers was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2020. Other projects include book & lyrics for the vampire musical BLOODLINE, and lyrics for the L.A. Latino Theater Company production of L.A. CARMEN. Richard’s shows have been featured in the L.A. Stages New Musical Festival, and his songs have been performed at A Little New Music, a showcase of new musical theater writers, at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC, and with the Hexagon Revue in Washington, DC. Richard holds a degree from the USC School of Theater and has studied at the Songwriting School of Los Angeles. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and New Musicals Inc.

Matthew Levine (music) has been a songwriter for decades, winning a batch of awards and publishing contracts. His score for LOVE STINGS (his third musical with partner in rhyme, Richard Castle) premiered at Northern Sky Theater in 2020. His score to OKLAHOMA IN WISCONSIN was heard at Northern Sky in 2017. His music for THE ANGEL OF PAINTED POST was featured in Stephen Schwartz’s ASCAP/DreamWorks Workshop. He wrote the music to Mr. Whiskers, which was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2020. Matthew’s choral music has been performed on every continent, and his string quartet, “The Prophet of Shiraz” won the Louisa Stude Serofim Award at the University of Houston, where he received his undergraduate degree. He has collaborated with Grammy and Tony award-winning writers, and recently created the sound design for Debra Ehrhardt’s one-woman show SHAME ON ME! Matthew is a member of ASCAP and New Musicals Inc. He lives in Los Angeles.