Ends Jan 19 | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Oklahoma! (Broadway)

From 707 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining

About the show

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.


2h 45m | Ends Jan 19 | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (707)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining
80
Avg Score

70
Barebones, Disappointing, Twangy, Quirky, Absorbing

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.

Also So many of the performances disappointed, which I blame on the directo... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Indulgent

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.

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

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

95
Turns a classic that we've taken for granted into a vital, edgy portrayal of america's past

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

Also Production from smaller venue (St. Ann's Warehouse) was moved to large... Read more Read less

90
Slow, Romantic, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

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!.

81
Flawed, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

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.

94
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

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

69
Great singing, Ambitious, More concert than play, Slow, Disappointing

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.

87
Great singing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Entertaining

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.

Also Staging was awkward. Many times an actor was standing in front of anot... Read more Read less

86
Brave, Indulgent, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

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!

82
Great staging, Great singing, Different music with same words for classic show/movie, Not my mother oklahoma, Entertaining

See it if you like updated on classic shows. Show is in the round so each seat is a good seat.

Don't see it if you think like the movie or past show not into modern updated.

Also intermission is you want veg/chilli and cornbread go to the stage to g... Read more Read less

82
Creative retuning of a classic, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

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.

Also Staging is very creative. Casting is wonderful. It's easy to see every... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated, Intense, Intelligent

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.

Also This version of the play is very dark. For me, the only real joy is wh... Read more Read less

68
Gritty, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

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.

79
Quirky, Indulgent, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious

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

95
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining

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.

60
Overrated, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

87
Absorbing, Uneven pacing/singing at times, Imaginative deconstruction and rebuilding of the story, Darkly-comedic and haunting, Gripping

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.

Also It’s some sort of magic: this Oklahoma! doesn’t change story or music ... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Unique staging

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.

87
Exquisite, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

92
Indulgent, Intelligent, Evocative singing, Refreshing, Brilliantly directed

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.

73
Resonant, Quirky, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the idea of taking a classic show that you know and love and then having that show being turned upside down. It's a FUN trip!!!!!

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a traditional production of Oklahoma because this ain't your momma's Oklahoma. This is Oklahoma in acid.

Also After submitting myself in the lottery faithfully for the last two mon... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Long, Not your grandma's oklahoma, Sexy, Dark

See it if you want to see a classic (especially one that is kinda hokey and dated) re-imagined in a dark, sexy, clever way.

Don't see it if you are a purist and die hard fan of the original. This will have you looking at the show in a very different way.

Also Oklahoma has never been my favorite show, but I enjoyed seeing it in t... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great singing

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.

Also Diversity: disabled female character in a wheel chair, Black female le... Read more Read less

90
Must see, A refreshing stripped-down take on a classic, Terrific music -- band and singing, Ambitious, bold, and wild, Not your momma's oklahoma

See it if You appreciate fresh and bold approaches to classic musicals. You love the music of OK--you will hear them anew.

Don't see it if Want to relive the movie or traditional productions. Are a strict traditionalist.

Also Saw its first production at Bard several years ago and it's just as fr... Read more Read less


April 7th, 2019
"Fish’s wide-awake, jolting and altogether wonderful production...Such a metamorphosis has been realized with scarcely a changed word of Oscar Hammerstein II’s original book...A cozy old friend starts to seem like a figure of disturbing — and exciting — depth and complexity...It was an exciting w...
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April 7th, 2019
"Fish’s fascinating and unsettling reimagination...has moved to Broadway, with its immediacy, strangeness and eerie sense of danger intact...Seeing the production a second time allows one to appreciate not only the striking darkness that Fish and company have teased out of the material, but also ...
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April 7th, 2019
"On my second visit to its cornfields, I was struck not only by the production’s menace but by its joy. This 'Oklahoma!' is no stuffy academic revisionist exercise — it’s a theatrical blow-out...The production has gotten fuller, freer, and funnier in its Broadway transfer...I respect a musical th...
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April 7th, 2019
"A bold reimagining of a familiar work can deliver an altogether different and far more startling thrill, bringing out unexpected textures and exposing previously subterranean thematic seams...For audiences open to experiencing 'Oklahoma!' from a fresh perspective, director Daniel Fish's probing ...
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