Over 75 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is "Oklahoma!" as you’ve never seen it before – reimagined for the 21st century. Winner of the 2019 Tony for Best Musical Revival. More…
Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the violence of the frontier that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this "Oklahoma!" allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light.
See it if you like ctry-western music. Gr score re-created w blue-grass band. Standout perf by Daunno (Curly). No one else is close. Low prodn values.
Don't see it if you want "improved" play. Voices/acting uneven. Ballet is long/amateurish. More a concert than a play. Emotns/humor flattened. Wasted oppty.
See it if If you want to see s modern rendition of Oklahoma. Not as good as the 90s version, casting is questionable here.
Don't see it if You like a classic changed to be modern. Or a classic that delves from past direction and writing.
See it if A thrillling, provocative re-think of R & H's classic Americana musical Amazing stagecraft via simple tonal adjustment of original script
Don't see it if Purists/traditionalists beware! Has "indie" feel in directorial/conceptual approach Some business falls flat esp misconceived dream ballet
See it if the safe anodyne Oklahoma is replaced by a dangerous version that challenges our romanticized history of the growth of America
Don't see it if humor at times is cartoonishly broad; still, a revival not to be missed
See it if you’ve ever thought, “Gee, I wish Oklahoma had more blood in it,” or you’re looking for a wildly new interpretation of a classic work.
Don't see it if gunshots frighten you in theatre or you’re a Rodgers & Hammerstein purist. This ain’t your grandma’s Oklahoma!.
See it if You’re yearning for an interesting — albeit somewhat flawed — reimagining of a classic musical that makes it feel less dated/corny.
Don't see it if You’re going into it w/ a “they’d better impress me” attitude. It’s not perfect, but it makes you think, & the performances are great.
See it if It was mostly very entertaining. Great music, reimagined.
Don't see it if You want a lush, traditional musical. This is extremely stripped down. The scenes in full blackness did not work for me & were annoying.
See it if you are curious about what's causing all the controversy. There is free chili and corn bread during the intermission.
Don't see it if you love the original traditional staging. The choices made for this production will not please you.
See it if you like the story and the music and open to seeing it in a fresh new way that is lively, sad and moving. Great band, spectacular young cast
Don't see it if you want the original with all the farm scenes - this unique set allows for a fresh interpretation that has great lights and sound + a treat
See it if you wish to see a classic musical very creatively reinterpreted. Semi operatic voices and full orchestra overhauled.
Don't see it if you like a traditional version of a classical musical.
See it if The circle in the square is a great space for this show. Great acting and singing. Unique use of video production.
Don't see it if You don't like gritty shows. No real redeeming characters. This was my only interaction with the show so I can't comment on the original.
See it if you enjoy new takes on old fashioned musicals, minimal sets and costumes, an intimate setting. Excellent 8 piece band playing R&H music.
Don't see it if you want across the board great acting and singing; Mostly, I missed the original song arrangements & didn't care for the new ones.
See it if Liberties taken & lines drawn in this repurposed & reenvisioned classic retelling w/ bluegrass/honkytonk score.Courtship & bloody chaos.
Don't see it if The unfamiliar familiar--the new normal for B'way.Lotsa fringe(and chili) on the surrey, but no truth(even with bright lights uptop).Cartoon
Also OK! Modern dance dream ballet misfires.OK!
See it if You love traditional and moderm theatre. An exceptional example of what a revival can be that respects the texts and brings it to life again
Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged in a sensory way or with your familiarity with the show.
See it if you are not a Rodgers and Hammerstein purist and love to see a new spin on an old tale, great staging and voices
Don't see it if Oklahoma MUST be Oklahoma in your head. This is a much darker version of the same story
See it if You want to see what all the talk of the production is about. It really has no regard for what made this show a classic.
Don't see it if You want to see one of America’s great musicals. This rewriting is NOT it. It is a real downer.
See it if curious about how Rodgers & Hammerstein standards + 21st-Century demands = something rare and enigmatic at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Don't see it if expecting the original feel, look, & vibe of the classic Oklahoma!--or expecting something so newly edgy as to be shocked. This is subtle.
See it if you love Oklahoma and the soundtrack with great acting and singing.
Don't see it if don't want to see a transformation of a new and modern Oklahoma.
See it if you want a new interpretation of the show. This is not your grandma's Oklahoma. Very unique staging and interpretation.
Don't see it if you want to stay true to the original. Staging is great, but the dream dance is so out of left-field, it doesn't fit the rest of the show.
See it if you want BRILLIANT NEW TAKE on a classic musical. Staying within book and score, this production evokes darker (more realistic) themes.
Don't see it if you want conventional. Emotionally resonant, gritty, with, as such, greater heart ... this is not for all. Dream ballet, sadly, a waste.
See it if You enjoy seeing productions with a willingness to take directorial risks. You are either or both an R&H or country music fan.
Don't see it if You dislike productions that fundamentally alter source material.
See it if Life's tough but love and community will protect you. Amazing singing — lots of people were humming during intermission and after the show.
Don't see it if Gun/shots or male on female stalking/threats are triggering. Darker, updated reinterpretations of older pieces offend you.
See it if you want to see an American classic yanked into the present day in a production that's only strengthened and deepened since Brooklyn
Don't see it if you're a traditionalist who can't stand musty, sentimental pieces being explored beyond the surface
See it if Advanced Placement musical theatre +10 points = 98 points for veteran theatregoers; crackerjack and versatile cast
Don't see it if Occasionally an acid trip and real rather than romantic - 10 = 78 points for novice theatregoers who should never choose this as 1st musical
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