Already closed | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Oklahoma! (Broadway)

From 834 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 | Already closed | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (834)

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

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

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.

84
Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A new twist on a classic.

Don't see it if Prefer the classic.

79
Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy seeing productions with a willingness to take directorial risks. You are either or both an R&H or country music fan.

Don't see it if You dislike productions that fundamentally alter source material.

Also "If somebody wants to sing my songs after I'm gone, nobody will be hap... 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.

94
Must see, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you're an educated theatergoer, open to this darker, edgier "Oklahoma" that mines its true origin story & is not all sweetness & light

Don't see it if you just want the usual, predictable, familiar Broadway musical, song & dance show that is safe to take grandma & the kids to- this ain't it

Also I thought this was a brilliant reimagining of an old story, made relat... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Terrific production with great ensemble and musicians providing a new take on a classic without changing the book or or the lyrics

Don't see it if You must see a classic with no changes from the original even though the bluegrass feel of the music really adds to the book

88
Profound, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Advanced Placement musical theatre +10 points = 98 points for veteran theatregoers; crackerjack and versatile cast

Don't see it if Occasionally an acid trip and real rather than romantic - 10 = 78 points for novice theatregoers who should never choose this as 1st musical

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.

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
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.

81
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an American classic yanked into the present day in a production that's only strengthened and deepened since Brooklyn

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist who can't stand musty, sentimental pieces being explored beyond the surface

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

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

88
Must see, Palpable tension, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Unlike west side story which tinkered with perfection this is a dark reimagining of a usually superficial treatment that’s strong & timely

Don't see it if You only want the musical you remember, but here’s an amazing performance by Damon as Curly &a great ensemble. Jud is haunting.

Also Wish I’d known ally is not performing at matinees.

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

70
Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a different direction/version of the story without changes in the dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't like total darkness in scenes or display of violence or bullying.

Also Walked in having never seen the movies or knowing the the story. Felt ... Read more Read less

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.

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....

95
Re-imagined, Great acting, Great singing, Dark, Edgy

See it if you want a brand new take on a classic work of musical theater. Edgier than previous revivals, this one brings Oklahoma! into 2019

Don't see it if you dislike re-imagined, updated takes on established classic works. You need your musical theater to be totally uplifting & without thought

Also This is NOT the Oklahoma of yore. Although still funny and light heart... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

70
Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You love the songs [They're OLD!] or you love the show [they 'updated' it]. You want to see what/who won the Tonys.

Don't see it if You want to see anything fresh and new [this is from the '40s]. You don't care for the classics updated to the point that they make no sense

Also I didn't think that the 'Kiss Me Kate' revival was that much better - ... 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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