Ends Jan 19 | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Oklahoma! (Broadway)

From 804 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 (804)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining

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.

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.

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.

55
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

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.

65
Relevant, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a uniquely well-staged production of a classic with some strong acting and some interesting directorial choices.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional version of a classic musical. Some parts of this production work really well; others, though. fall flat.

65
Forced, Disjointed, Weird, Disappointing, Pretentious

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.

50
Rodgers & hammerstein are turning over in their graves

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.

Also What a disappointment. The house lights shine in your eyes through mos... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a darker and more stripped-down version of the classic. Great singing from the leads.

Don't see it if You dislike change for the sake of change. It is different, which I don't usually mind, but different without much cause. Awful lighting

68
Edgy, Overrated, Artsy, Disappointing, Confusing

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.

Also This revival has a niche market, and I am not it. I can see why some p... Read more Read less

68
Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched, Great staging, Funny

See it if Enjoys broadway revivals with with a contemporary set

Don't see it if Abhor Broadway revivals that deviate from the original production

Also What was purpose of the solo dance scene

53
Clever, Too weird, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

See it if If you haven't seen the original and you're looking for a dark, modern take on a classic.

Don't see it if You're a fan of classic musical theatre and don't want to see it played with.

54
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a pretentious retelling that makes you feel like you’re in a low budget college black box.

Don't see it if just don’t. Don’t see it if you have anything better to spend your $ on.

63
Slow, Indulgent, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you love the score; and like music with a country twang. Ali Stoker is worth the tkt, as is Peddler-Brill. It is an interesting take-maybe

Don't see it if you want the original; this is much darker; and the dream sequence is excrutiating-what was the point? Wanted to enjoy it more.

59
Boring, Overrated, Edgy, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see award winning shows or love Oklahoma and have to see it done any and all ways.

Don't see it if You are a fan of the original Oklahoma and do not want to mess with a classic, and if you don't like guns.

Also I was disappointed with this show. It was very dark - both literally a... Read more Read less

50
Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You truly enjoy a dark performance. The best part was the intermission when I receive corn bread and chilli. It was so good

Don't see it if You despise dark musicals like I do. Half the audience walked out at intermission during my performance and many were confused like I was

Also The one great thing about this performance is the woman in the wheelch... Read more Read less

68
Overrated, Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if If you want to see a modern take on a classic show

Don't see it if You don’t need a different spin on a classic show and wanted to embrace that idea but just couldn’t

54
Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Confusing

See it if want to see a unique staging of an old classic

Don't see it if you want direction that makes sense or prefer the orchestrations of the original .

66
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Confusing

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

50
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing

See it if If you must. I resisted and finally gave in. Thought provoking at best.

Don't see it if You expect consistent broadway caliber performances. I felt like some were phoning it in at this point in the run.

Also So disappointing to go on a Sat night and have two lead roles performe... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dark

See it if You really like revivals that are very different than the original

Don't see it if It felt very indulgent - like edgy for the sake of being edgy just to be called different and avant garde. And they kept reusing the same :

Also artifices - which got old and lost their impact. Just so many times yo... Read more Read less

65
Static, Simplified, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You would like to see a show that belongs off Broadway on Broadway with Broadway prices.

Don't see it if You want to see Tony Award winner Ali Stroker because she may not be performing like the night I went.

69
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

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.

55
Ambitious, Overrated, Slow

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.

Also Very disappointed. They should have gone all the way and gotten rid of... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to understand why one should not destroy what has been one of the best musicals ever. The new show is confusing & slow. Dozed off.

Don't see it if You want to remember Oklahoma as a beautiful American musical. You will HATE this version,

50
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Ali Stoker. She is a standout.

Don't see it if Ali Stoker not in it. Dream modern dance sequence, strange lighting effects distracted from performances and were just plain odd.


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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