Enjoy the music: Locals present ‘Oklahoma’ next two weekends

HARLINGEN — “OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain …”

Care to hear that joyful energetic song from the musical “Oklahoma!” one more time?

Well, you can. The Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre is presenting seven performances of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic this weekend and March 3 to 6.

“Oklahoma!” has been a staple of American culture since it was adapted to film in 1955.

Americans watched in wonder as a cowboy rode through a cornfield singing, “Oh, what a beautiful morning, Oh, what a beautiful day.”

The musical is set in Oklahoma in 1906 and tells about the struggles of two pairs of lovers. It’s based on the 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs.

The film in 1955 made a powerful impression on many people who were captivated by its story, the dancing, the visual beauty, and music. The impact was so strong many people even today are familiar with the musical.

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