When: Aug. 10-16, 8:15 p.m. 2015
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! paved the way for the modern musical, thanks to the duo's insistence on using the songs as a means both to expand the story and to explain the motivations of the characters. Not a bad trick for the duo's first collaboration, eh? It's a classic, and the songs are part of America's cultural heritage. Cowboy Curly McLain rides into town one last time to propose to his long-time gal, Laurey. She thinks he's put it off too long, and goes to the dance with menacing farmhand Jud just to spite Curly. Curly can't tolerate that, the same way cowboy Will Parker can't tolerate Ado Annie's relationship with the peddler Ali Hakim. Both cowboys have to fight for their respective gals, and this being Oklahoma!, that means singing and dancing are the weapons of choice. The Muny in Forest Park (314-361-1900 or www.muny.org) closes out its season with Oklahoma! Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Monday through Sunday (August 10 through 16), and tickets are $14 to $87.