Sayer Roberts and Quinn Cartwright (photo credit: Emily Cooper)
by Jay Catterson
Yee haw! Oklahoma!, the first ever show penned by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II that serves as the template for the "book musical", triumphantly two-steps onto the stage of the Massey Theatre. And boy, I tell ya, does this production shine!
All the leads in this production are strong, and are backed by a superb ensemble (with the vocals from the female ensemble being especially impressive). Sayer Roberts, with his soaring vocals and handsomely boyish charm, is truly amazing as Curly McLain, and is equally matched by the gorgeous Quinn Cartwright as his love interest, Laurey Williams. Other notable cast standouts include Mark Turpin, who brings a sinister complexity to Jud Fry, Sandra Head as the loveable Aunt Eller, Jaclyn Nestman as the flirty Ado Annie, and Dustin Freeland as peddler Ali Hakim.