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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Arena Extends "Oklahoma!"

By Jacqueline Trescott
Eleasha Gamble as Laurey in "Oklahoma!" (Carol Rosegg) | PHOTOS

The audiences at Arena Stage's "Oklahoma!" are proving "People Will Say We're in Love" is just not a memorable song from the vintage musical.

They are storming the doors, showing love and money.

As a result Arena announced Thursday that the theater is extending "Oklahoma!" through Dec. 30, adding 4 days of performances. The additional shows are Dec. 27, Dec. 28, Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

"Oklahoma!" the first production in the award-winning theater's new complex, has broken all previous box office records at Arena. The staff crunched a number of statistics.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical drew the highest single ticket sales for a single production in one week, Arena calculated. Meaning the classic sold 4,000 tickets in one week, then 6,000 the next week. The previous record in this category was reached earlier this year by "Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies."

Also this production, under the direction of the theater's artistic director Molly Smith, now holds the record for the highest single ticket sales for a single production in a 24 hour period. Previously Smith's revival of "South Pacific" had that honor.

"I am pelased that audiences are so hungry for a giant American musical," Smith said.

More on this story:
For Eleasha Gamble, a sudden journey to 'Oklahoma!'

Photos: 'Oklahoma!' arrives at Arena Stage

Explore the building: Arena Stage at the Mead Center

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 18, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Theater, holiday  | Tags:  Arena Stage, D.C., Molly Smith, Oklahoma!, musicals in Washington  
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