Oklahoma! BBC Proms


Cowboys and farm girls are let loose in the Royal Albert Hall as the John Wilson Orchestra transports us to the Great American Plains for Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical.

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The John Wilson Orchestra are setting up camp


in The Royal Albert Hall, so get your bandanas and breeches


at the ready for a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.


Welcome to Oklahoma! at the BBC Proms.


Hello from me Katie Derham and the whole Proms team


here at the Royal Albert Hall, where we're in for a "darn


Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II,


creators of Carousel, South Pacific, and The Sound


of Music, and one of the most famous musical writing partnerships


in history, marked their first major collaboration -


and their first runaway hit - with the stage musical Oklahoma!


The rural setting, celebrating farming life rather than urban


glamour, really struck a chord with an American public who'd


endured the Great Depression and devastating Dust Bowl storms


of the 1930s, as well as the on-going Second World War.


Oklahoma! evoked a more optimistic time


The story is delightfully uncomplicated.


and we're on a ranch in Oklahoma territory.


The skies above are blue and the corn's "as high


as an elephant's eye" and fun-loving matriarch Aunt Eller sits


Curly, a local cowboy, comes to call.


And so ensues a folk tale revolving around the simple question -


who will take our heroine Laurey to the dance?


Laurey and singing cowboy Curly are childhood friends and seem


destined to be together, but they go out of their way


Meanwhile, ranch hand Jud Fry has developed a dark


obsession for Laurey, which soon causes trouble.


Widely regarded as a seminal work of its time, Oklahoma!


is often cited as the first musical to weld together song,


story and dance together in harmony ? and here at the Royal Albert Hall,


the John Wilson Orchestra is joined by a spectacular,


hand-picked cast, to bring this much-loved story to life.


I saw the performance this afternoon and I can tell you that y'all


And await the arrival onstage, John Wilson, the conductor of this


orchestra. There is the leader, Michael Trainor, taking a bow. Two


are very excited crowd here. To a packed hall. And any minute now, the


man himself will appear. John Wilson, who first conducted this


work when he was 14 years old, can you believe that? There he is.


Enormously popular figure here at the Proms. So, to conduct this newly


edited reconstructed scorer of the original Broadway version of


Oklahoma. # There's a bright,


golden haze on the meadow # The corn


is as high as a elephant's eye # And it looks like it's climbing


clear up to the sky # Oh,


what a beautiful day # I got


a beautiful feeling # Everything's


going my way # All the cattle are


standing like statues # All the cattle are standing


like statues # They don't turn their heads


as they see me ride by # But a little brown maverick


is winking her eye # Oh,


what a beautiful morning # Oh,


what a beautiful day # I got


a beautiful feeling # All the sounds


of the earth are like music # The breeze is so busy it don't


miss a tree # And a old weeping


willer is laughing at me! # I got a beautiful


feeling If I wasn't a ole women,


and if you wasn't so young and smart-alecky - why,


I'd marry you and get you to set Cos I wouldn't marry you nor none


of your kinfolks, I could help it. And you can tell them that,


all of them including that niece of yours and,


Miss Laurey Williams! Aunt Eller, if you was to tell me


where Laurey was at, For as far as I can make out,


Laurey ain't paying you no heed. Where'd you get such a uppity niece


that wouldn't pay no heed to me? Who's the best bronc buster


in this here territory? And the best bull-dogger


in 17 counties? And looky here, I'm


handsome, ain't I? And bow-legged from the saddle


for god knows how long, ain't I? Well, what else does she want


then, the damn she-mule? Who you taking to the


box social tonight? Oh,


I thought you was somebody. # I got a beautiful feeling


everything's going my way #. Is this all that's come calling


and it's already ten o'clock You knew it was me before


you opened the door. You heard my voice


and knew it was me. I heard a voice talking rumbly


along with Aunt Eller. And heard someone singing


like a bullfrog in a pond. You knew it was me, so you set


in there thinking up I'm a good mind not to ask


you to the box social. If you did ask me,


I wouldn't go with you. You ain't bought a new buggy


with red wheels onto it, have you? And a spanking team


with their bridles all jingling? Expect me to ride on behind


ole Dun, I guess. You better ask that ole Cummins girl


you've tuck such a shine to, If I was to ask you,


they'd be a way to take you, # When I take you out tonight


with me, honey # Here's the way it's


going to be # You will set behind a team


of snow white horses # Chicks and ducks and geese better


scurry # With the fringe on top!


in the surrey # Watch that fringe and see how it


flutters # When I drive them


high-stepping strutters! # Nosey-pokes will peek


through their shutters # The wheels are yellow,


the upholstery's brown, # With isinglass curtains you can


roll right down # In case there's a change


in the weather # Two bright side lights,


winking and blinking # Ain't no finer rig,


I'm a-thinking! # You can keep your rig if you're


thinking that I'd care to swap # For that shiny little surrey


with the fringe on the top! # Would you say the fringe


was made of silk? # Wouldn't have no


other kind of silk # Has it really got a team


of snow white horses? # One's like snow,


the other's more like milk # When I take you out in the surrey


with the fringe on top! # When we hit that road,


hell for leather # Cats and dogs


will dance in the heather # Birds


and frogs will sing all together # The wind will whistle


as we rattle along # The cows will moo


in the clover # The river will ripple


out a whispered song # Don't you wish


you'd go on forever? # Don't you wish you'd go on forever


and you'd never stop # In that shiny little surrey


with the fringe on the top? You'd sure feel like a queen sitting


up in that carriage! Only she talked so mean to me


a while back, Aunt Eller, I bet he went and hired


a rig over to Claremore Spent all his money hiring


a rig and now ain't got Have, too!


Did not hire it. Made the whole thing


up out of my head. What?


Made it up? Oh!


Get off the place, you! Aunt Eller, make him get


himself out of here. Making up a few purties ain't


against' no law that I know of. Don't you wish they was


such a rig, though? Then you could go to the play party


and do a hoedown till morning if you was a mind to,


then when you was all wore out, I'd lift you onto the surrey,


and jump up alongside of you and we'd just


point the horses home. # When we ride back


home in the surrey, # Feel a sleepy head


near my shoulder, # Nodding, drooping close to my


shoulder # The sun is swimming


on the rim of a hill, # And just as I'm thinking


all the earth is still, # A lark'll wake up


in the medder # Hush!


You bird, my baby's sleeping, # Maybe got a dream


worth a-keeping, # Whoa!


You team, and just keep creeping You said you made


the whole thing up. Why'd you come around


here with your stories and lies, Talking about the sun


swimming on the hill, Who'd want to ride


alongside of you anyway? Why haven't you just


grab her and kiss her when she acts that-a-way,


Curly? Oh, I won't even speak to him,


let alone allow him to kiss me, the bragging,


bow-legged, If she liked me any more she'd


sit the dogs onto me. There's always a crowd


of folks coming down Curly said maybe you'd loan


us your big wagon to bring them We got to talking about


a lot of other things. I'll go hitch up the wagon now


if you say it's all right. Ain't nobody can sling a rope


like our territory boys. Don't you remember,


her paw said if I ever was worth 50 dollars


I could have her? That what they give


you for prize money? 'Lands, if Ado Annie's paw


keeps his promise we'll be If he don't keep his promise, I'll


take her right from under his nose, and I won't give him


the present I brought for him. Look, fellas,


what I got for Ado Annie's paw! You hold it up to your


eyes, like this. Then when you get a good look,


you turn it around at the top How do you turn the thing


to see the other pitcher? I'm a good mind to tell


Ado Annie on you. Bet you carried on plenty


in Kansas City. But I sure did see some


things I never see before. # By Saturday,


I learned a thing or two # For up to then I didn't


have an id'y # Of what the modern


world was coming to! # I counted 20 gas buggies


going by themselves # Then I put my ear to a bell


telephone # And a strange woman


started in to talk! # Everything's up-to-date


in Kansas City. # They've gone about


as far as they can go! # They went and built a skyscraper


seven storeys high # About as high as a


building ought to grow # Everything's like


a dream in Kansas City # It's better than


a magic lantern show # You can turn the radiator


on whenever you want some heat # With every kind of comfort


every house is all complete # You can walk to privies


in the rain and never wet your feet # They've gone about


as far as they can go! # They've gone about


as fur as they can go! # Everything's up-to-date


in Kansas City # They've gone about


as far as they can go # They got a big theatre


they call a burleekew # For 50 cents you can


see a dandy show # One of the gals was fat


and pink and pretty # As round above


as she was round below # I could swear that she was padded


from her shoulder to her heel # But later in the second act


when she began to peel # She proved that everything


she had was absolutely real # She went about as


far as she could go! # She went about as


far as she could go! This is the two-step.


That's all they're dancing nowadays. Ketch on to it.


A one and a two, a one and a two. # And that's about


as fur as I can go! # And that's about


as far as she can go! What you doing now, will?


That's ragtime. Seen a couple of city


fellas doing it. # And that's about


as far as he can go! 'Lo, Curly.


Can't stop to talk. Going over to Ado Annie's.


I got 50 dollars. Thanks for the loan


of the wagon, Aunt Eller. Who's the low, filthy


sneak that Laurey's There must be plenty of men


trying to spark her. Well, they is that fine farmer,


Jace Hutchins, just this side of Lone Ellum - then that ole widder


man at Claremore, makes out he's Then of course there's


someone nearer home that's got her on his mind most


of the time, till he don't know Now don't you go and say


nothing against him! Well, two women couldn't do it,


you ought to know that. Laurey would take up on behalf


of a man like that!? Well, he's around all


the time, ain't he? Changed my mind about cleaning


the henhouse today. Got to quit early cos I'm driving


Laurey over to the party tonight. Well, wouldn't that


just make you bawl! And if you make up a nice box


of lunch, maybe I'll bid for it. I'll ride a straddle of them lights


winking like lightning bugs! That there ain't no


made-up rig, you hear me? When I come calling for you right


after supper, see that you got your beauty spots fastened


onto you proper, so you won't lose # The wheels are yeller,


the upholstery's brown, # With isinglass curtains


you can roll right down, # in case there's a change


in the weather...# See you before tonight


anyways, on the way back # Ain't no finer rig,


I'm a-thinking # That I'd care to swap


for that shiny little surrey Hey, Curly, tell all the girls


in Bushyhead to stop That means we'll


have a lot of company. Aunt Eller, don't go


to Skidmore's with Curly tonight. If you do, I'll have


to ride with Jud all alone. That's the way you


wanted it, ain't it? But I'm afraid to tell


Jud I won't go, Aunt Eller. He makes me shiver ever time he gets


close to me ever go down to that ole Did you see them pitchers he's got


tacked onto the walls? Something wrong


inside him, aunt Eller. I hook my door at night


and fasten my winders against it. Against it and the sound of feet


walking up and down there under that Mornings he comes to his breakfast


and looks at me out from under his eyebrows like something back


in the brush somewhere. Stop acting like a chicken


with its head cut off! Now who'd you reckon


that is drove up? The one that sold me


that egg beater! Told' me that egg beater would beat


up eggs, and wring out dishrags, and turn the ice cream freezer,


and I don't know what all! I didn't count on him


being back so soon! The peddler man's going to drive


me to the box social. Have you tuck up


with that peddler-man? But your promised to


will Parker, ain't your? They won't never be


nobody like Will. They won't never be


nobody like him neither. Well, which one do


you like the best? Now, Laurey, you know


they didn't nobody pay me no mind up to this year,


count of I was scrawny Then I kind of rounded up


a little and now the boys I like it so much when a fella


talks purty to me i get Don't you feel kind of sorry


for a fella when he looks Well, you just can't go around


kissing every man that asks you! # It ain't so much a question of not


knowing' what to do, # I knew what's right


and wrong since I been ten # I heard a lot of stories,


and I reckon they are true # About how girls


are put upon by men # I know I mustn't fall


into the pit, # but when I'm with


a fella - I forget! # When a person tries to kiss


a girl # I know she ought to


give his face a smack # But as soon as someone


kisses me # I somehow sort of


want to kiss him back! # I'm just a fool


when lights are low # When a fella gets flirty


and starts to talk purty? # Supposing 'at he says


'at your lips're like cherries, # Supposing 'at he says 'at you're


sweeter than cream # What you going to do


when he talks that way, # I hate to disappoint a beau


when he is paying a call # For a while I act


refined and cool, # Then I think of that old golden


rule, # And do for him what


he would do for me! # Something inside of me


snaps # Other girls are coy and hard


to catch, # But other girls


ain't having any fun # Every time I lose a wrestling


match It's like I told you,


I get sorry for them! I wouldn't feel sorry for any


man, no matter what! I'm sure sorry for


pore Ail Hakim now. Look how Aunt Eller's


cussing him out! You sure for sorting you love him


better than you love will? And now that ole Will has come home


and first thing you know he'll start talking purty to me


and changing my mind back! But how I know is he said this


morning that he wanted for me to drive like that with him


to the end of the world. Well, 'f we drove only as fur


as Katoosie that'd take Then, we'd have to go somewhere


and be all night together, and being all night means he wants


a wedding, don't it? If the egg beater don't work I give


you something just as good! It's got to be a thousand


million times better! Jippety crickets, how


high you have grown up! Last time I come through here,


you was tiny like a Now look at you -


a great big beautiful lady! If you ain't had no breakfast go


and eat yourself a green apple. Now, Aunt Eller, just listen -


i ain't your Aunt Eller! Don't you call me Aunt


Eller, you little wart. Must be wanting something -


a purty young girl like you. Want a buckle made out of shiny


silver to fasten onto my shoes! Want perfume, want to be


purty, want to smell Want things I've heard


of and never had before - Want things I can't tell


you about, not only to look Things so nice, if they ever did


happen to you, your heart It's a secret formula,


belonged to pharaoh's daughter! But a special kind


of smelling salts. Read what it says on the label,


"take a deep breath That's what pharaoh's


daughter used to do. When she had a hard problem


to decide, like what prince she ought to marry, or what dress


to wear to a party, or whether she ought to cut off


somebody's head - she'd take I'll take a bottle


of that, Mr Peddler. Now don't you want me to show


you some purty doodads? You know, with lace around


the bottom, and ribbons Well, I never wear that kind myself,


but I sure do like to look at them. Yeah, they're all right,


if you ain't going no place. Bring your trappings


inside and maybe I can find Ali, Laurey and me have


been having a argument. About what you meant when you said


that about driving with me Well, I didn't mean really


to the end of the world. Oh, about as far as - say -


Claremore - to the hotel. In front of the hotel


is a veranda - inside is a lobby - upstairs -


upstairs might be paradise. I knew I was right


and Laurey was wrong! I said you do want to


marry me, don't you. How's the sweetest little 110 pounds


of sugar in the territory? It's a wonderful


thing to be married. I got a brother in


Persia, got six wives. 'That's a way they do


in them countries. I got another brother


in Persia only got one wife. Know what i got for first


prize at the fair? Well, that was good.


50 dollars? Your paw promised I cud marry


you if I cud get 50 dollars. But if you spent it,


you ain't got the cash. What I got is worth


more than the cash. Oh, Ado Annie, honey, you haven't


been off my mind since I left. All the time at the fairgrounds


even, when I was chasing steers. I'd rope one under the hoofs


and pull him up sharp, and he'd land on his little rump


then I'd think of you. See a lot of beautiful


gals in Kansas City. How'd you see them if you


didn't give them a look? I mean I didn't look loving


at them like I look at you. Oh, Will, please


don't look like that! Won't stop looking like this till


I get a little ole kiss. Nothing, 'less than


it comes from you. # Supposing 'at I say


that your lips're like cherries, # Can't you feel my heart


palpitating' and bumping, # I got to get a kiss and it's


got to be quick # What's a girl to say


when you talk that way? # I got a beautiful


feeling Better take the wagon down


to the trough and give Just love to watch the way


you handle horses. That's about all I can


handle, I reckon. Oh, I can't believe that, Curly -


not from what I heard about you! Looks like Curly's took up


with that Cummins girl. Come on, boys, let's get


these hampers out under # Why should a woman who is healthy


and strong # Blubber like a baby


if her man goes away? # Weeping and wailing


how he's done her wrong # That's one thing


you'll never hear me say! # Never going to think


that the man I lose # I'll snap my fingers


to show I don't care # I'll buy me a brand-new


dress to wear # I'll scrub my neck


and I'll brush my hair # Many a new face


will please my eye, # Never have I once looked back


to sigh # Many a new day


will dawn before I do! # Never have I wandered


through the rye # Many a new day will


dawn before I do! # Never have I once looked back


to sigh # Many a new day will


dawn before I do! # Somebody else


just as sweet as he # Many a blue moon will


shine, before I do! # Never have I once


looked back to sigh # Many a new day will


dawn before I do! # Somebody else


just as sweet as he I'm sure sorry to see you so happy,


cos what I got to say will make Ooooh!


That's sad news for me. I'd rather have you come right out


and say your heart is busted in two. Are you positive you


got to marry Will? And there is no chance


to change your mind? All right, then, my


heart is busted in two. Oh, Ali, you do make up


purty things to say! That true what I hear about


Will Parker getting 50 dollars? And he wants to hold


you to your promise. Still and all, I can't


go back on my word. I advise you to get that money


off him before he loses it all. Put it in your stocking er


inside your corset where he can't Well, shut your face,


or I'll fill your behind so full of buckshot,


you'll be walking around like a duck Ali, if I don't have to marry Will,


maybe your heart don't have to be Oh, yes, you did.


No, I did not. Are you trying to make


out my daughter to be a liar? No, I'm just making it


clear what a liar I am What else you been


saying to my daughter? I'm listening.


What else did you say? He said I was like a Persian kitten,


cos they was the cats In this part of the country, that


better be a proposal of marriage. Look, Mr Carnes...


I'm looking. I'm no good.


I'm a peddler. A peddler travels up and down


and all around and you'd never see


your daughter no more. You sure for certain you can


bear to let me go, paw? Oh, Ali Hakim, ain't it wonderful,


paw making up our mind for us? Once he gives his word that you can


have me, why, you got me. # 20 minutes ago


I am free like a breeze, # Free like a bird


in the woodland wild, # Free like a gypsy,


free like a child, # 20 minutes ago,


I can do what I please, # Dunk with a doughnut,


drink from a jug - # I'm minding my own


business like I oughta, # I'm talking to a certain


farmer's daughter # Then - I'm looking


in the muzzle of a gun! # It's getting so you


can't have any fun! # Every daughter has


a father with a gun! # If you make one mistake


when the moon is bright, # Then they tie you to a contract,


so you make it every night! # When her family


surround you and say, # "You got to take and make


an honest woman out of Nell!" # To make you make her honest,


she will lie like hell! # Where is the leader


who will save us? Me?


Yes, you! # Just a wink and a kiss


and you're through! # You're a mess, and in less


than a year, by heck! # There's a baby on your shoulder


making bubbles on your neck! # Any farmer will


tell you it's true. # A rooster in a chicken


coop is better off'n men # He ain't the special


property of just one hen! # All right, boys!


Revolve!# Mine would like to float away


if you blew on them. I did blow on one of mine and it


broke up into a million pieces. And don't forgot when the auction


starts tonight, mine's So that's the Cummins girl


I heard so much talk of. Never did see anybody


get so peeked-looking 'that's just some ole meat


pies and apple jelly. Nothing like what Gertie Cummins


has in her basket. You really going to drive to the box


social with that Jud fella? Nothing it's just that everybody


seems to expect' me to take you. Then, maybe it's just


as well you ain't. We don't want people


talking about us, do we? Oh, you know how they air -


like a swarm of mudwasps. Always gotta be buzzing


about something. Most of the talk is that


you're stuck on me. Can't imagine how these


ugly rumours start. # That


link my name with yours? # Why do the neighbours gossip


all day # I know a way to prove


what they say # Here is the gist,


a practical list # Don't sigh and gaze


at me # Don't start collecting


things...# # Sweetheart, they're


suspecting things # Some people claim that


you are to blame # Why do you take the trouble


to bake my favourite pie? # Just keep a slice


of all the advice Don't you reckon you could tell Jud


you'd rather go with me tonight? Think I'll go down to


the smokehouse, where Jud's at. See what's so elegant about him,


makes girls want to go # Your eyes mustn't


glow like mine...# You got a smudge on your cheek,


just under your eye. I done got through my


business up at the house. That there pink picture -


now that's a naked women, ain't it? Got a couple of thingamabobs


tied onto her. That ain't a thing


to what I got here. That would give me


ideas, that would. That's a good-looking


rope you got there. You could hang


yourself on that, Jud. It would be as easy


as falling off a log! Fact is, you could stand


on a log or a cheer if you'd Tie that good up there


first, of course. Then all you'd have to do would be


to fall off the log or the cheer, In five minutes, or less,


with good luck, you'd Then folks would come


to your funeral and sing sad songs. You never know how many people


like you till your dead. You'd probably be laid


out in the parlour. You'd be all decked out in your best


suit with your hair combed down Would they be any


flowers, do you think? Sure would, and palms, too -


all around your coffin. Then folks would stand


around you and the men would bare their heads and the women


would sniffle softly. Some would probably faint -


ones that tuck a shine Only they don't never come right out


and show you how they feel - They'd sure sing loud though


when the singing started, # All gather round his


coffin now and cry # Oh,


why did such a fella have to die? # He's looking oh-so


peaceful and serene # His fingernails have


never been so clean #. Then the preacher would get up


and he'd say, "Folks, we are gathered here to moan


and groan over our brother Jud Fry who hung himself up by a rope


in the smokehouse." Then there'd be a-weeping and


a-wailing from some of those women. Then he'd say, "Jud Fry was the most


misunderstood man in the territory. They called him a dirty skunk


and a ornery pig-stealer. # But the folks that really


know'd him, # Know'd that beneath them two dirty


shirts he always wore, # There beat a heart


as big as all outdoors He loved the birds of the forest


and the beasts of the field. He loved the mice and the vermin


in the barn, and he treated the rats He loved everybody and


everything in the world! Only he never let on,


so nobody ever knew it! # His friends will weep


and wail for miles around # Because poor Jud is


underneath the ground # He's laying in


a coffin made of wood # And now they know


their friend has gone for good # He's looking oh-so


purty and so nice # But it's summer


and we're running out of ice Maybe - let's see now, where did


you work at before you come here? Who said anything


about getting even? If it ever come to getting even


with anybody, I'd know how to do it. There's safer ways then that,


if you use your brains. Remember that fire on the Bartlett


farm over by Sweetwater? Sure do.


About five years ago. Burned up the father,


and mother and daughter. A fella told me the hired hand


was stuck on the Bartlett girl, and he found her in the hayloft


with another fella. And it was him that


burned the place? It took him weeks to get


all the kerosene, buying Fella who told me made out it


happened in Missouri, You ain't told me yet


what business you had here. We got no cattle to sell


nor no cow ponies. You sure relieved my


mind considerable. There's only one other thing on this


farm you could want - and


it better not be that! But that's just what it is.


Better not be! Somebody ought to tell Laurey


what kind of a man you are. And for that matter,


somebody ought to tell A fella wouldn't feel very


safe in here with you if In this country, there're two things


you can do if you're a man. As long you live in


a hole, you're scared, You can have muscles, oh,


like iron and still be as weak How'd you get to be the way you air,


anyway, sitting here in this filthy hole and thinking


the way you're thinking? Why don't you do something


healthy once in a while, instead of staying shut up


in here a-crawling and a-festering! I wish you'd let me


show you something. There's a knot-hole over


there about as big as a dime. Bullet right through


the knot-hole, slick Who fired off a gun?


Was that you, Curly? Don't set there, you lummy.


Answer when you're spoke to. Well, ain't you a pair of purty


nothings, picking away at knot holes Ought to give you a good


Dutch rub and iron some Just a pair of fools


swapping noises. It's good to get away


from the women for a while. I got a few purties, private


knick-knacks for to show you, I gotta get a surrey


I hired for tonight. Who you think you're


taking in that surrey? Aunt Eller - and Laurey,


if she'll come with me. She promised to go with me,


and she better not change her mind. Now, I want you to look at these


straight from Paris. I don't want none o'


those things now. I tell you what I'd


like better if you got one. Ever hear of one of them things


you call "the little wonder"? It's a thing you hold


up to your eyes to see pitchers, only that ain't


all they is to it, not quite. You see it's got a little jigger


onto it, and you touch it and out You say to a fella,


"Look through this." Then when he's looking,


you snap out the blade. It's just above his chest and, bang!


Down you come. What I'd like to show


you is my new stock of postcards. Say, do you happen to know


a girl named Ado Annie? I don't want her either.


But I got her! What am I doing shut up here,


like that fella says, What am I doing in this


lousy smokehouse? # There's a field mouse


nibbling on a broom # But when there's


a moon in my window # And it slants down


a beam 'cross my bed, # And the shadow of a tree starts


a-dancing on the wall # And a dream starts


a-dancing in my head # And all the things


that I wish for # And I'm better'n that


smart-aleck cowhand # And the girl that I want


ain't afraid of my arms, # And the mouse starts


nibbling on the broom # I ain't going to dream


about her arms no more And in your future I see


a dark, handsome man. Girls, could you -


could you go somewhere She bought that ole smelling salts


the peddler tried to sell us! It's going to make


up my mind for me. Hey, Laurey, is it true


you're letting Jud take Tell you better when I think


everything out clear. Beginning to see


things clear already. # Out of your dreams and into his


arms # You don't need Egyptian smelling'


salts # Out of your dreams and into


the hush # Make up your own


story, # Daughter


won't tell you # Out of my dreams


and into your arms The dramatic end of the first half


of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! This newly edited and


reconstructed score of the original Broadway production, all that hard


work done by that man, John Wilson, the conductor of the John Wilson


Orchestra, recreating that wonderful, lush sound that we have


come to know and love so well. It is all going on, isn't it.


Oh, my, come on, Curly and Laurey, sort it out!


Frustrating as the story is at this point ? I mean,


we all just want Curly and Laurey to get together -


we can't moan because we're being treated to wonderful music,


John Wilson has worked incredibly hard with the orchestra and the


thing is to recreate that original Broadway sound. And wonderful dance


as well. The dream sequence we've just seen


is just one example of the way that the choreography works


hand-in-glove with And as a huge fan of dancing,


I couldn't resist the opportunity to go behind the scenes


of the rehearsals to find out more. When you don't have the words to


say, using, and when you don't have a song to sing, you dance. -- you


seeing. It is the first musical in the history of musical theatre where


dance was used to tell the story. There's a lot of dance music and it


has to be filled! I think that is the biggest challenge. Words can't


even come close to telling you what a treat it is to be in something


like this. " In just three weeks, they are putting on this mammoth


show which is packed with complicated dancing and movement of


all sorts. The original choreography was done by Agnes DeMille and was


considered revolutionary at the time because she used classical ballet


steps in a musical to tell a story and push the characters forward.


Five, six, seven... The whole point of doing Oklahoma at the Proms is to


play every note of the original score by Richard Rodgers and the


original orchestration. The choreographer has had to take on


board these enormous dance routines, a 17 minute ballet at the end of act


one. He's got an enormous workload. I've tried to keep the choreographic


language quite formal and classical. But you know, put my little spin on


it. I'm loving working with Alistair,


there are certain dance moves I've never felt confident enough to dry


but for some reason I'm doing them here and it is exciting and fun. You


really use your body to communicate, that is when dancing is exciting,


that is when dancing means something. It is not just arbitrary


movement. This is just great, watching them work it all out. They


will make it look so easy on the night but it's really hard! A


struggle. So the fight choreographer is giving them the sort of brutality


of a real fight, the real moves for a fight but they then have to turn


it into something more stylised because it is still part of the


ballet. Fighting on stage is always hard, to make it feel real. Because


we are going to be playing the entirety of the score, we can't go,


"This bike is going on a bit too long, can we make it shorter?" It


has to be the length it is. -- this fight is going on a bit too long.


Can we go from here? Certain ideas the choreographer has had to work


with the music and the music has to work in a certain way so there's


lots of give and take in a proper collaboration.


Seeing them dance and then being invited, "Markets, you're dancing at


this bit", you're going, "Am I? Good, wonderful, where? The Albert


Hall?" You know, you are very conscious, aren't you, if you come


in, in my position, that you don't want to show anyone up. So my brain


has been in rehearsals to make it look off like I don't really know


I'm doing. I just... More fair on the younger cast members, isn't it?


I don't know, I've reached that age, I keep welling up... They are so


beautiful! I hope the audience feels like that when they see it.


It's time to enjoy some more of that choreography now,


as we go back to the second half of Oklahoma!


Will Laurey really go to the dance with Jud?


And just how is Curly planning to win Laurey's


And with so many unknowns, it's all getting a bit unsettled


The atmosphere tonight so far has been absolutely buzzing for this


Oklahoma prom at the Royal Albert Hall. You can see it is completely


packed, sold out months ago apart from the prommers who queued up for


hours today. Oklahoma has always been such a favourite and apparently


it ran for over 2200 performances on its initial Broadway run which was a


record at the time. Here is John Wilson, to conduct


the John Wilson Orchestra, with leader Michael Trainor,


in Part 2 of Oklahoma! # Oh, the farmer and


the cowman should be friends # But that's no reason why


they can't be friends # Territory folks


should stick together # Cowboys, dance with


the farmers' daughters! # Farmers, dance with


the ranchers' gals! # Territory folks


should stick together # Cowboys, dance with


the farmers' daughters! # Farmers, dance with


the ranchers' gals! # I'd like to say


a word for the farmer # He come out west and


made a lot of changes # He come out west and


built a lot of fences! # And built them right


across our cattle ranges! Why haven't those dirt scratchers


stay in Missouri where they belong? # The farmer is a good


and thrifty citizen. # No matter what the


cowman says or thinks. # You seldom see him


drinking in a bar room # Unless somebody


else is buying drinks # The cowman ropes a cow with ease,


the cowman should be friends # The farmer steals her


butter a nd cheese, # But that's no reason why


they can't be friends! # Territory folks


should stick together. # Territory folks


should all be pals. # I'd like to say


a word for the cowboy. # The road he treads


is difficult and stony. # He rides for days on end


with just a pony for a friend # I sure am feeling


sorry for the pony! # The farmer should be


sociable with the cowboy # If he rides by and asks


for food and water # Don't treat him like a louse,


make him welcome in your house # But be sure that you lock


up your wife and daughter! Notice you married one,


so you could get a square meal! You can't talk that-a-way


about our women folks! # Oh, the farmer and


the cowman should be friends # The farmer and the cowman


should be friends Ain't nobody going


to slug out anything. # Oh, the farmer and


the cowman should be friends # One man likes to push a plough,


the other likes to chase a cow, # But that's no reason why


they can't be friends! # And when this


territory is a state. # And joins the union just


like all the others, # The farmer and the cowman


and the merchant. # Must all behave theirsel's


and act like brothers. # I'd like to teach


you all a little saying' - # And learn the words


by heart the way you should, # "I don't say I'm no


better than anybody else. # But I'll


be damned if i ain't just as good!" # I don't say I'm no


better than anybody else. # But I'll be


damned if I ain't just as good! # Territory folks


should stick together. # Territory


folks should all be pals. # Cowboys, dance with


the farmers' daughters! # Farmers, dance with


the ranchers' gals! # Territory folks


should stick together. # Territory


folks should all be pals. # Cowboys, dance with


the farmers' daughter! # Farmers, dance with


the ranchers' gals! I'm so hungry I could


eat a gatepost. Let one of the men


be the auctioneer. "Ain't any ole men


auctioneers as good as you." You aren't supposed to know


what girl goes with what hamper. Now we'll auction all the hampers


on the other side of the house I was just hoping


to meet up with you. It seems like you and me ought


to have a little talk. Well, Mr Hakim, I hear you got


yourself engaged to Ado Annie. You're too little to be man,


and too big to be a mouse. Cos if I thought you didn't I'd


tie you up in this bag And do you worship the ground


she walks on, like I do? And this is one answer


that better be yes. Would you spend every


cent you had for her? If you had that 50 dollars cash I'd


have Ado Annie, and you'd lose her. I said I'd give


you eight and I will. Them - those - that


was for her to wear. I didn't hardly think


they was for you. Let's see, eight and 22 makes


30 and 15 is 45 and 50 On the other side


of the house, Laurey. How much will you give


me for this thing? Just went to half' other


side of the house. Here's one of them things


you was looking for. A lot of money but I got an idea


it might be worth it. Let's see, ?3.50 from him


and ?45.50 from you. How much for all the rest


of the stuff in this bag? Means I'm going to take


Ado Annie back from you! You wouldn't do a thing


like that to me! And when I tell her paw who I got


most of the money off, maybe he'll change his mind


about who's smart and who's dumb! Say, young fella, you


certainly bunkoed me! Now what am I bid for


Ado Annie's hamper? Six bits ain't enough for a lunch


like Ado Annie can make. Hey, Ado Annie, you got that same


sweet potato pie like last year? I say it give me


a three-day bellyache! Nobody ever bid 50


dollars for a lunch! And 'f you're a man of honour


you got to say Ado Annie belongs Got to say the peddler


still gets my daughter's hand. 'f I don't bid any more I can


keep my money, can't i? Going, going, gone for 51


dollars and that means Ado Annie will get the prize,


I guess. And what're you getting


for your 51 dollars? I took a peek inside


a while ago and I must say I got a bid of four


and a quarter - from Jud Fry. I ain't said "going,


going, gone" yet! Going to Jud Fry for six


dollars and two bits! I don't figure 'that's


quite enough, do you? Got a saddle here


cost me 30 dollars. 30 dollar saddle must be worth


something to somebody. You can't earn a living


'without a saddle. Aunt Eller, I'm bidding all of this


ten dollars Joe just give me. She's a - - a kind of nice horse -


gentle and well broke. Don't sell dun, Curly,


it ain't worth it. But it's all for the


schoolhouse, ain't it? You just put up everything you got


in the world, didn't your? Can't bid your clothes,


cos they ain't worth nothing. Can't bid your gun


cos you need that. So, Aunt Eller, I'm just as reckless


as Curly McLain, I guess. Going to bid all I got in the world


- all I saved for two Bought it brand-new


last Thanksgiving. Well, that makes my bid 53


dollars, Aunt Eller. Ain't nobody going


to cheer or nothing? You lost the bid, but


the bidding was fair. C'mon, cowman - shake


the farmer's hand! Say, Curly, I want to


show you something. Just what is that?


Something special. You just put this up


to your eye like this, see? Doing?


Nothing much. What you want to squeal


at a man like that for? Scare the liver and


lights out of a fella. Well, then, stop looking


at those ole French pitchers You brung me to the


party, didn't you? All right, you silly ole woman,


I'll dance with half you. Dance you all over


the meadow, you want! Well, Ado Annie, I got


the 50 dollars cash, Now look here, we gotta


have a serious talk. Now that you're engaged to me,


you gotta stop having fun! # You'll have to be


a little more stand-offish. # When fellas offer


you a buggy ride. # I'll give an imitation


of a crawfish. # And dig myself a hole


where I can hide. # I heard how you was


kicking up some capers # I heard some things


you couldn't print in papers # From fellas who been


talking like they know! # I only did the kind


of things I oughta, sorta # To you I was as faithful


as can be for me. # Them stories 'bout


the way I lost my bloomers. # The whole thing don't


sound very good to me. # I save my money, don't gamble


or drink in the back room # I give up lots of other things


a gentleman never mentions # But before I give up any more,


I want to know your intentions # It can't be "in between",


it can't be "now and then" # I'm a one-woman man,


home-loving type # All complete with


slippers and pipe # If you can't give me


all, give me nothing # And nothing's what


you'll get from me # It can't be "in between"?


Uh-uh. # Would you build me


a house, all painted white? # Cute and clean


and purty and bright? # Big enough for two


but not for three # Supposin' at we should


have a third one? # But if a wife is wise,


she's gotta realise # That men like you


are wild and free # So I ain't gonna fuss,


ain't gonna frown # Stay up late and don't


come home till three # And go right off to


sleep if you're sleepy What made you slap that


whip onto Old Lady, You didn't want to be


with me by yourself, Why, I don't know what


you're talking about! You wouldn't have been,


if you coulda got out of it. Mornings you stay hid


in your room all the time. Nights you sit in the front room,


and won't get out of Aunt Eller's Last time I see ya alone


it was winter, with the snow six inches deep


in drifts when I was sick. You brought me that hot


soup out to the smoke house and give it to me,


and me in bed. You ask me if I had any


fever and you put your Bet you don't remember


as much as me. I remember everything ya ever done,


every word ya ever said. I'm a hired hand, got dirt


on my hands, pig slop. Yeah, we'll see who's


better - Miss Laurey. Then you'll wish you wasn't


so free with your airs, Are you standing there trying


to tell me if I don't 'low you to slobber over me like a hog,


why, you're going to do Why, you're nothing but a mangy dog


and somebody oughta shoot you. You think so much about


being a hired hand. Well, I'll just tell you something


that'll rest your brain, Mr Jud. You ain't a hired


hand for me no more. You can just pack up


your duds and scoot. Oh, and I even got


better ideas than that. You ain't to come on the place


again, you hear me? I'll send your stuff


any place you say, but don't you as much


set foot inside the pasture gate or I'll set the dogs onto you!


Can't help it. Can't never rest.


Go and find Curly and tell him I'm here.


I want to see Curly awful bad. Got to see him.


Then why don't you turn around and look, you crazy women?


Now, what on earth is ailing the Belle of Claremore?


Don't mind me crying,I can't help it.


Here. I'll show you.


Get away from me, I tell you, plumb away from me!


Laurey, now looky here, you stand over there


right where you are, and I'll sit over here...


And you tell me what you wanted with me.


They ain't no telling what he'll do now!


Tomorrow, I'll get you a new hired hand.


I'll stay on the place myself tonight, if you're nervous


Now quit your worrying about it, or I'll spank you.


Gracious, what'd I want to marry you for?


Well, couldn't you maybe think of some reason why you might?


I can't think of nothing right now, hardly.


Don't know what I'm going to do if you...


Curly I'll marry you if you want me to.


I'll be the happiest man alive soon as we're married.


Oh, I got to learn to be a farmer, I see that!


Quit thinking about throwing a rope, and get my hands


Oh, things is changing right and left!


Buy up mowing machines, cut down the prairies!


Shoe your horses, drag them ploughs under the sod!


They're going to make a state out of this territory.


Country's a-changing, got to change with it!


Bring up a pair of boys, new stock, to keep up with the way things


Oh, I remember the first time I ever seen you.


You was riding that grey filly Of Blue Stars,


and I says to someone - "Who's that skinny


little thing with a bang hanging down on her forehead?"


That's right. And one of them threw you.


Did not throw me! Guess you jumped off, then.


Sure I jumped off. Yeah, you sure did.


If there's anybody out around this yard that can hear my voice,


I'd like for you to know that Laurey Williams is my girl.


And she went and got me to ask her to marry me!


They'll hear you all the way to Catoosie!


Time for the lonely gypsy to go back to the open road.


Wish I was going, then you wouldn't be so lonely.


Look, Ado Annie, there is a man I know who loves


A man who will stick to you all your life.


And that's the man for you - Will Parker.


He is a fine fellow. Strong like an ox.


And you love those clear blue eyes of his, and the way his mouth


I love him because he will make my Ado Annie happy.


I will show you how we say goodbye in Persia.


I'll show you how we say goodbye in my country.


I wish it was me she was marrying instead of you.


It don't seem to make an awful lot of difference.


Well, back on the open road, the lonely gypsy.


You ain't going to think of that ole peddler any more, air you?


Never think of no-one less than when he's with me.


Then I'm never going to leave your side.


Even if you don't, even if you never go away on a trip or nothing,


can't you once in a while give me one of them Persian goodbyes?


Why that ain't nothing like a Oklahoma hello!


Let's have three cheers for the happy couple.


Hip, hip... Hooray!


Say Curly, was you scared when the preacher said that about do


# They couldn't pick a better time to start in life!


# It ain't too early and it ain't too late.


# Starting as a farmer with a brand-new wife...


# Soon be living in a brand-new state!


# Brand-new state going to treat you great!


# Going to give you barley, carrots and potatoes.


# Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom.


# Plenty of heart and plenty of hope.


# Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain


# And the waving wheat can sure smell sweet.


# When the wind comes right behind the rain


# Every night my honey lamb and I


# Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk


# We know we belong to the land, and the land we belong to is grand!


# Yeow! A-yip-i-o-ee-ay!


# We're only saying, "You're doing' fine, Oklahoma!


# Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain,


# And the waving wheat can sure smell sweet


# When the wind comes right behind the rain


# Oklahoma, every night my honey lamb and I


# Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk


# We know we belong to the land, and the land we belong to is grand!


# Yippy yi! # Yippy yi!


# And when we say "yeow"!


# We're only saying "You're doing' fine, Oklahoma!


# We know we belong to the land,


# And the land we belong to is grand!


# We're only saying, "You're doing fine, Oklahoma!


# Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain,


# And the waving wheat can sure smell sweet


# When the wind comes right behind the rain


# Oklahoma, every night my honey lamb and I


# Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk


# We know we belong to the land


# We're only saying, "You're doing fine, Oklahoma!


You better hurry into that other dress!


Would you hitch the team to the surrey for me?


Aw, it's a good old-fashioned custom.


Four days with that laugh should count like a golden wedding.


But if you married her, you must have wanted to.


I wanted to marry her when I saw the moonlight shining on the barrel


I thought it would be better to be alive.


Ali ain't going to travel around the country no more.


I decided he ought to settle down in Bushyhead and run Papa's store.


Mightily glad to hear that, peddler man.


Hey, Gertie, have you ever had an Oklahoma hello?


I'm going to stop Ado Annie from killing your wife.


It can't be that-a-way. I didn't go to.


Can't be like that - to happen to us.


Try to get him to a doctor, but I don't know.


Here, some of you, carry him over to my rig.


I got to go see if there's anything can be done for him.


I don't see why this had to happen, when everything was so fine.


I can't forgot, I tell you. Never will!


If you can't forgot, just don't try to, honey.


Sickness, or being poor and hungry even, being old and afraid to die.


That's the way it is - cradle to grave.


You can't deserve the sweet and tender in life less


Fiddlesticks! Scrawny and old?


You couldn't hire me to be the way I am!


Oh, what would I do without you, you're such a crazy!


They're taking Jud over to Dave Tyler's till the morning.


Laurey honey, Cord Elam here, he's a federal marshal, y'know.


And he thinks I ought to give myself up -


Why, your train leaves Claremore in 20 minutes.


Best thing is for Curly to go of his own accord and tell the judge.


Why, you're the judge, ain't you, Andrew?


Well, tell him now and get it over with.


Let's do it here and say we did it in court.


We can't do that. That's breaking the law.


C'mon, Andrew, and start the trial. We ain't got but a few minutes.


We can give the boy a fair trial without locking him up


First I got to ask you, what's your plea?


He'd been pestering Laurey and I always said some day I'd...


Just a minute! Just a minute!


Don't let your tongue wobble around in your mouth like that.


What happened tonight that made you kill him?


Why he come at me with a knife and - and...


And you had to defend yourself, didn't you?


Never mind the furthermore, the plea is self-defence.


Now, is there a witness who saw this happen?


You'll feel funny when I tell your wife you're carrying


Maybe not, but you'll sure feel funny when I tell your wife you are.


Laugh all you like, but as a federal marshal...


We ain't going to let ya send the boy to jail


Let's pull them to their train in Curly's surrey!


Well - the verdict's not guilty, ain't it?


Why, Ado Annie, where on earth have you been?


Hey, there, bride and groom, you ready?


What a fantastic performance of Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein


and the wonderful ensemble taking their bowel. Such energy and


vivacity they brought to the stage. -- taking their bowel. How they do


it, I don't know. Andrew Carnes played


by Clive Carter. A Dhoni's long-suffering father.


Fabulously creepy performance by David Seadon-Young of Jud Fry. A big


cheer for Marcus Brigstocke who played Ali Hakkinen. -- Ali Hakim.


Will Parker, played by Robbie Fairchild Mahini of the flying feet


and a Durani played by Lizzy Connolly, the girl who can't say no.


-- I do Annie. Belinda Lang, who played Aunt Eller.


And once again, our leading lady and man, Scarlett Strallen and Nathaniel


Hackmann. # Sweetheart, they're


suspecting things The final bow from the cast and a


huge cheer for John Wilson. Another triumph for the John Wilson


Orchestra at the Proms. Just listen to the crowd! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


The leader, Michael Trainor, there. The whole ensemble, orchestra,


conductor, lapping it up at the Royal Albert Hall. And that is it


from us here this evening. I hope you enjoyed this performance of


Oklahoma just as much as we did here. What a lovely night it has


been. Join me tomorrow at 7:10pm


on BBC Two for Proms Extra where I'll be talking Oklahoma!


with my guests - singer and actor Julian Ovenden,


harpist Catrin Finch and composer But until then, for now, from me and


all the team, good night. Experience the power


of the BBC Proms. Aurora Orchestra gets under


the skin of the famous work


Cowboys and farm girls are let loose in the Royal Albert Hall as the John Wilson Orchestra transports us to the Great American Plains in Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein's first ever musical was an instant hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1943 and it's not hard to see why - it's chock full of toe-tapping classics, including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', People Will Say We're in Love, and of course the title song itself. With a stellar cast, sensational dance numbers and the unique energy of the John Wilson Orchestra, the magic of the original lives on in 2017.