New York | 2h 45m | Ends Jan 19

Oklahoma! (Broadway)

From 48 critic and 406 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)


60
Broadway News

"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

60
New York Stage 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

60
Broadway & Me

“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

60
New York Stage 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


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.

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.

68
Ok is just ok

See it if you are interested in seeing a revival attempt to be re-inventive.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything close to the original or the movie!

Also The attempt to re-invent this musical was decent but it was never full... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if Like the music

Don't see it if you want a happy go lucky musical

Also Wasn't sure about this one as I really don't like Oklahoma after doing... 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

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

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

65
Rethought wobbily

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.,

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.

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.

60
Boring, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you are a die hard Oklahoma fan.

Don't see it if If you are expecting big sets and a full orchestra and fancy costumes. If you don't like seeing shows with the lights off.

60
Quirky, Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

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

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.

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.

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

69
Entertaining

See it if You want to see some good acting.

Don't see it if You prefer classic musicals

68
Ambitious, Overrated, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like something totally different from what you were expecting

Don't see it if Want a traditional Oklahoma

Also Kind of a country and western, twangy version of Oklahoma with a coupl... Read more Read less

66
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you loved the original, know the songs and like chile and corn bread.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a traditional Rogers and Hammerstein production.

Also Was disappointed with the set design and costumes. Some parts were slo... Read more Read less

51
Disappointing

See it if You're curious to see why the NY Times loved it, and have unshakeable faith in Ben Brantley

Don't see it if You don't much care to see a surry with a fringe on top driven into a ditch. The second act is a mess.

50
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You have an open mind

Don't see it if You want a rosy picture of a bygone era

50
Slow

See it if N/A

Don't see it if N/A

69
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy

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

66
During previews
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Relevant

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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