Ends Jan 19 | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Oklahoma! (Broadway)

From 479 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Edgy, Great staging, 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 (479)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This show is going to be divisive, and I understand why. But I loved it. It's raw and bleak and dark and uncomfortable and funny and weird,

Don't see it if but if you go in with an open mind, willing to reimagine a classic, you'll be rewarded. It's the most experimental musical I've seen on...

Also ...Broadway in a long time. And while not every choice lands perfectly... Read more Read less

24
Banal, Annoying, Dishonest, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you hate musicals, especially Rodgers and Hammerstein, and want to see a travesty of the original .

Don't see it if you love the original "Oklahoma!" and don't want to see an agenda-driven version, changing the ending significantly while pretending not to.

Also Ali Stroker is immensely talented and very sexy. Mary Testa and James ... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like intimate theatre and are interested in seeing a re-imagining of a classic. The cast was excellent and the direction was innovative.

Don't see it if you are a classical Rodgers & Hammerstein's fan and want the classics to be left alone. The dream ballet was the worst part of the show.

85
Intense, Romantic, Must see, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a different take on this classic show. This was much darker than the show I remember.

Don't see it if You only like a classic take on this show. This was a very sparse set. It was also very long (about 3 hours).

Also I loved the show and those classic songs. It really worked with a smal... Read more Read less

70
Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You can't resist R&H musicals. Music is still beautiful & lyrics inspiring. Performances were mostly delightful. Congrats to Mary Testa.

Don't see it if You can't bear to see revisions to an old favorite. Using modern video techniques don't work as well as actors speaking face to face.

Also The modern dance episode in 2nd act did nothing to move or enlighten s... 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.

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like the unusual idea of stripping away the sentimental shmaltz to get at the troubled hearts and lost souls left behind.

Don't see it if You can't bear the idea of the original oh-so-sweet Oklahoma being messed with. But you'll be missing a powerful new version of a classic.

98
Impressionistic, Resonant, Deconstructed, Pioneering, Unnerving

See it if you have an open-mind or you’ve studied theater as practice in any form.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist to a fault.

Also there is an unnerving, knowing, stoicism to this production that turns... Read more Read less

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.

85
Risk taking, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you're ok with changes to beloved classic. Music is wonderful. Not all interpretive twists hit. (Modern dance! New ending!)

Don't see it if you're protective of Oklahoma!. Also. Why are lights up whole time? Distracting. But the score....

85
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an absolutely incredible reimagining of this score & setting. Damon Daunno is a knockout. Stunning revival full of chills.

Don't see it if You aren’t up for an intense evening of musical theater. This staging keeps you on the edge of your seat with anticipation of every word.

98
Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to witness an amazing production of a classic!!! I was mesmerized by the performances and the stages and want to see it again!!!

Don't see it if You would mind a darker version of this show. It was nuanced and deep and very moving. It is not light and fluffy.

92
Must see, Masterful, Exquisite, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A classic musical boldly reimagined to reflect contemporary America. This is like nothing I've seen before on B-way, don't miss it!

Don't see it if You prefer musical revivals presented in their original form. NOT here, this is a dark, stripped down, no frills production.

91
Resonant, Great singing, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a modern take on a great musical.

Don't see it if You don't like non-traditional interpretations of classic shows.

75
Aggressive, Inconsistent, Edgy

See it if Loved the original But will not mind dark disturbing changes , particularly in second act.

Don't see it if Loved original and do not like disturbing changes.

90
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if want to see an imaginative reworking of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't like innovative and creative reworkings of traditional material​.

Also There are so many clever and fun things about this show and you must s... Read more Read less

91
Great orchestrations, Riveting, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if You like new interpretations of classic works. You want to hear new arrangements of classic songs.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist. You don’t like changes being made to shows. You want a lighthearted piece.

Also With all the hype surrounding this production I wasn’t sure what to th... Read more Read less

84
Great singing, Resonant, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are open to a reinterpretation of a great musical with a fine cast.

Don't see it if You are a Rodgers & Hammerstein purist.

85
Edgy, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the score but want a new look at it while a very talented cast.

Don't see it if You love the original; while the music is the same, it’s very different vibes.

100
Profound, Great singing, Masterful, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you want renditions of classic songs you’ll be dying to hear over and over, and a production that’s a fascinating examination of the text.

Don't see it if you’re expecting what you know.

97
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love theatre. Simple as that. I don't have enough positive adjectives for this one. I loved it. Revelatory! Refreshing and unbelievable

Don't see it if you insist on Oklahoma being traditional . Though I'd argue that you should. It's an eye opener. So I guess if you don't want them opened...

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

100
Must see, Riveting, Disturbing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the classic musical in a new light

Don't see it if you don't want to see a new darker interpretation

98
Must see, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a brilliant unique take on a R&H classic. Beautiful staging, lighting, acting/singing, orchestrations.

Don't see it if You are an absolute lover of the original big broadway Oklahoma. Cannot sit through long shows.

Also I was completely blown away by Daniel Fish’s production of R&H Oklahom... Read more Read less

98
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to be swept up in an exciting new interpretation of Oklahoma...great singing, great acting.

Don't see it if You don't want to see 'classics' reinterpreted.

Also I haven't enjoyed any theatre experience this year as much as I have t... 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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