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.
"No one who has followed theatrical trends of recent years will find anything particularly surprising in the staging...For the most part, they neither distort the material nor illuminate it afresh...The most welcome, and most stimulating, innovation is the fresh orchestrations...It is in delineating the contours of this central romantic trio that Fish’s ‘Oklahoma!’ disappoints...Too often I found myself weighing the moments of inspiration against the moments of bewildering distraction." Full Review
"It’s acceptable for liberties to be taken for any new treatment, which Daniel Fish, directing this one, has done. Much of it is fine and dandy...The irritatingly gratuitous 21st-century updating has to do with the fight in which Curly and Jud engage after the wedding...If the genuinely shocking incident is meant to resonate with our jarring culture, let’s all hope that most of us won’t have to see whatever the 22nd-century update turns out to be." Full Review
“Controversial revival...Without changing the dialogue or the classic score...Fish has given the show a grittier makeover...But the most important change in this telling of the story is that all the show’s underlying class, gender and sexual tensions are made explicit...The direction struck me as too self-conscious and, in places, even gimmicky. Some of the singing fails to do justice to Rodger's glorious melodies.” Full Review
"While I’m relieved to report that Broadway’s new ‘Oklahoma!’ is not as joyless as its last was, this is, in truth, faint praise...Superb comedic actors, but if they have an affinity for the sense of heightened reality crucial to a form in which characters regularly burst into song and dance, Fish gives them no real showcase for it...I found myself missing the sense of magic and transcendence that comes from seeing life, with all its pleasure and pain, elevated by this particular art form." Full Review
See it if you want to see a different take on a classic musical and for Ali Stoker's performance. She's a star.
Don't see it if you're expecting inventive theater that's done meaningfully. The production alienates the audience, but the reason for it is unclear.
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 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 like artsy re-imaginings of classics, shows that take risks, getting up close to the actors. Free chili/cornbread at intermission.
Don't see it if You are a traditionalist. Had an artsy/edgy Brooklyn feel to it. Most voices not up to the challenge of the music. Pared down arrangements.
See it if you are ready to see something you won't forget. In 20 years I'll still remember this bizarre show.
Don't see it if you are a traditionalist or material purist. You have sensory issues or get headaches from bright lights
See it if The music is still grand. The theatre is terrific, and much of the reconsideration is excellent.
Don't see it if The dream sequence is excruciatingly terrible; the cast is not full of strong voices. The pacing is slow.,
See it if you want a show that tries hard to be unique, contemporary and different but fails in my opinion, and just feels forced and pretentious.
Don't see it if somehow nothing matches-neither the music with the voices, nor the set with the story. I had high expectations, but left disappointed.
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 Tries too hard to be edgy. Complete darkness is bizarre. Strange, too long dance. Great supporting performances, but the leads are weak.
Don't see it if Don't bother. Really. Especially if you love Rodgers & Hammerstein.
See it if you like Brooklynized versions of things. Good performers try so hard to be authentic hicks only to present as dull, self-absorbed hipsters.
Don't see it if you’re not a Brooklyn hipster. You won’t like it.
See it if you have to see the latest hot show. This one gets lots of buzz. It is certainly a unique take on this classic.
Don't see it if you want shows to have cohesive concepts that makes sense. This show is a mess. Changes in tone, meaning don't make sense. I hated it.
See it if you must, but this show is sorely lacking in talent. If mediocre voices, annoying bright lights or pitch-black darkness is your thing, go.
Don't see it if you want to hearing soaring ballads, beautiful orchestrations, terrific dance numbers, and chemistry between the lovers.
See it if you like well known music set to different instruments and pacing and you appreciate darkness and experimental lighting in a show
Don't see it if you are looking for a lavish musical that is upbeat and traditional
See it if You know and love Oklahoma! but think it might be dated and you want to see one production's take on making it relevant.
Don't see it if You haven't seen Oklahoma! before, dislike navel gazing direction or prefer resplendent and lush productions.
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