Oklahoma! Digitally Remastered

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Oklahoma! Digitally Remastered 2014 widescreen version

The beloved classic, which originally debuted in 1955 to rave reviews, recently made a resurgence, warming hearts all over again! Digitally re-mastered in it’s widescreen version, Oklahoma! took to the screen again at the 2014 TCM Film Festival in the famous Hollywood Grauman’s Chinese Theater to an audience of over 1,100 on April 10, 2014.

Through a partnership of sponsors, we are excited to offer the opportunity to showcase this classic for screenings in your community from September 2014 through May 2015.

Understanding that the needs and resources of each community are different, we will gladly assist you in customizing your event through our available resources and help guide you to a successful screening!

Some of the resources in place to aid in the production of your screening:

• Event ticketing options
• Customizable media and promotional package
• Digital projector and screen rentals available
• Sponsors for the movie viewing and ticketing expenses
• Memorabilia (including the original surrey) and freestanding displays for a reception or press conference
• Special on-screen greeting from Gov. Mary Fallin, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb and Shirley Jones recorded for our specific tour

So what’s next? Select your local venue and date, determine if you would like to appoint a local charity as a beneficiary, plan how many viewings you would like throughout your selected date(s) as well as any other detail to help create the event you envision.

Commitments made by July 21, 2014 will receive 6 tickets to the Oklahoma City reception and screening event at OCCC on August 28, 2014.

Oklahoma’s favorite “Laurey” Shirley Jones is coming to celebrate the recent Twentieth Century Fox film restoration of the 1955 movie OKLAHOMA! at OCCC on August 28, 2014.

ALMOST 60 YEARS LATER

The Lady returns to Oklahoma this time in a Special Guest Appearance for the Premier Screening of the movie Oklahoma! Todd-AO widescreen version. Recently on April 10, 2014 Turner Classic Movies very successfully screened the movie Oklahoma! to an audience of more than 1,100 people at their Annual Film Festival in Hollywood.

The best way to start any day is to remember Shirley Jones who sang “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” in the world classic film Oklahoma! With Gordon MacRae as a co-star Curley, the two introduced the Rogers and Hammerstein musical to people worldwide.

The Shirley Jones success story could not have been more perfect if it were planned by one of Hollywood’s most famous studio press agents. Born in Smithtown, PA with a population of 900 people and the Jones family who were brewers of the popular local “Stoney’s Beer.”

At a young age Shirley worked during the summers at the Pittsburg Playhouse Theater. At the age of 18 Shirley was encouraged to sign up for the Miss Pittsburg competition and took the crown in 1952.

Later in 1952 Shirley received a call from a friend who told her the Rogers and Hammerstein show South Pacific, then on Broadway, would be having open auditions to replace two parting chorus members. Shirley took the fateful bus ride downtown to the New York City St. James Theater and the line was loaded with showbiz hopefuls. When Shirley finally got to the front of the line she sang “The Best Things In Life Are Free.”

“Please wait,” the man said. Another audition request, another line and another song to sing followed. Finally after the fourth song request, Shirley heard a voice from the back of the darkened theater. “Thank you, Miss Jones, for being here so long. If you don’t mind I would like to call my partner Mr. Hammerstein, and that he come down here and hear you sing.” “Oh sure,” the always gracious Shirley said, “And what is your name”? His name was Richard Rogers and the rest of the story is history.

Mr. Hammerstein arrived and the Shirley Jones whirlwind began. Put under an immediate personal management contract to the Rogers and Hammerstein partners — the first and last time ever— it was not even fully a year later that 19 year old Shirley Mae Jones was screen testing in Hollywood along with the heavyweight likes of Kathryn Grayson, Debbie Reynolds, and Jane Powell for the coveted role of Laurey in the 1955 film version of the long running Broadway Play Oklahoma! Shirley got the part and many others followed, including roles in Carousel (1956), April Love(1957), The Music Man(1962), an Oscar for her role as Lulu Bains, the prostitute who co-starred with Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry(1960) and then on to the head of The Partridge Family.

Her movie, television, and stage roles, record breaking Broadway run, two recent Emmy nominations, and an ongoing career of symphony concerts and speaking engagements world wide has earned Shirley Jones an incandescent place in the hearts of all Americans that seems to never go away.

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