The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play was written by Lynn Riggs, directed by Herbert Biberman, and featured a 26-year-old Franchot Tone in the role of Curly McClain. Green Grow the Lilacs was later the basis for Rodgers and Hammerstein's famous 1943 play, Oklahoma! According to Edward R. Halline's "Plays & Players" column in the November 11, 1951 edition of The Milwaukee Sentinel, the original 1931 play featured songs as well. The songs performed included "Hello, Girls, I Wish I Was Single Again", "Home on the Range", "Blood on the Saddle", "The Old Chisholm Trail", and "The Next Big River". You can browse the written play online at Google Books (some pages are omitted).
The New York Public Library's Billy Rose Theatre Division houses many photographs of the 1931 production. You can view the collection online in the NYPL's Digital Collections. I've included a handful of the photos here.
|Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Franchot Tone (Curley McClain) & June Walker (Laurey)." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1931. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dc-3cfd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99|
|Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Franchot Tone as Curley McClain." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1931. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dc-3d00-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99|