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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Tickets on sale Friday for return of Arena Stage's 'Oklahoma!'

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Cody Williams led farmhands and cowboys in a rousing rendition of "Kansas City" as Will Parker in last fall's hit production of "Oklahoma!" at Arena Stage. The show returns July 8-Oct. 2. (Susan Biddle/For The Washington Post)

Last fall, theater-goers went on a feverish run for tickets to Arena Stage's revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" at the gleaming new Mead Center -- in just one week in November, audiences snapped up more than 6,000 tickets.

Trying to get in after that? Pretty much futile.

Good news: Arena is re-assembling "Oklahoma!" (with many of the original actors) for a second go July 8-Oct. 2. The timing of this run, a month longer than the last, increases your chance of scoring tickets and ensures every relative and friend visiting Washington this summer will want you to take them. (UPDATE: Though Arena Stage initially announced that the show would run through Oct. 9, it will now run through Oct. 2.)

Tickets for the new run of "Oklahoma!" go on sale to the public on Friday, and on that day only, the theater will offer tickets for $50 (plus handling and service fees); they will regularly be priced at $61 to $106, subject to change and based on availability.

Here's how it will work: The $50 sale will last 24 hours. You can buy tickets online from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Friday; they will be available in person at the Arena Stage box office and by phone at 202-488-3300 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

And try not to wait until after dinner. Arena offers this one disclaimer: "The special $50 tickets are limited and based on availability."

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 3, 2011; 1:20 PM ET
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