Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – OOOOOOOklahoma!
OOOOOOklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rainnnnnnn OOOOOklahoma…
Last Sunday at the Hobby Center in Houston I saw a stage production of my favorite musical – Oklahoma. The opening notes of the Overture just make my heart beat faster. Then Curly walks on the stage and begins “Oh what a beautiful morning…” I remember my mother singing that song. But I am mesmerized until the final curtain call.
I’m just a girl who cain’t say no the musical Oklahoma. Speaking of Ado Annie, I hope Mary Jo does not mind if I tell this story.
Years ago when the institution of higher education was call East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, the theatre department presented Oklahoma. If I recall, one of Mary Jo’s relatives was in the production and all of the relatives from all over East Texas came to opening night. This included Grandpaw.
The relative had the role of Ado Annie. Right in the middle of her song “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no”, Grandpaw jumped and yelled “SHE’S A WHORE!”
I believe as they say “the show went on” but I am not certain about the young lady’s acting career.
From the CinemaScope version of the 1955 Rodgers and Hammerstein film, “Oklahoma!”. Gloria Grahame performs “I Cain’t Say No”. Enjoy.