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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! is a 1999 British film adaptation of Rogers and Hammertstein's 1943 musical Oklahoma!, which in turn was based on the 1930 play Green Grow the Lilacs written by Lynn Riggs. The film was directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman. The production featured the entire 1998 West End Revival cast at the Royal National Theatre led by Hugh Jackman as Curly McLain, Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey Williams, and Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller.

Plot

In Oklahoma Territory, in 1906, cowboy Curly McLain looks forward to a beautiful day as he visits farm girl Laurey Williams's yard ("Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'"). He and Laurey tease each other, while her Aunt Eller looks on. There will be a box social dance that night, which includes an auction of lunch baskets prepared by the local women to raise funds for a schoolhouse. Each man who wins a basket will eat lunch with the lady who prepared it. Curly asks Laurey to go with him, but she refuses, feeling that he has waited too long. To persuade her, he says he will take her in the finest carriage money can buy ("The Surrey with the Fringe on Top"), but she teases him about it until he says he made it up to get back at her. She flounces off, not realizing that he really has rented such a surrey.