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Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Photo credit Curt
Note: If you haven't already read my previous post (A Review of "Oklahoma!" at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre -- Oh, Not Such a "Beautiful Mornin'" ) please do. It has received plenty of attention and a variety of comments.
On Wednesday I received an e-mail and new press release from the 5th Avenue's Public Relations Manager Bridget Summers to let me know that because of the strong responses to the way race was handled in the production of "Oklahoma!" the theater plans to host four panel discussions and a town meeting to provide a forum for the public. The press release included the following:
So, dear readers, you are officially invited to attend and participate.
Here are the dates and times, from the most recent press release:
WHERE: The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle)
I close with a statement from Artistic Director David Armstrong:
“While we never intended to evoke such strong responses, I am in many ways heartened that this production has people talking about these important issues. The idea that musicals could, and should, tackle big themes and significant subjects largely began with Oklahoma! and I am not unhappy to see that legacy continue.