Ends Jan 19 | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Oklahoma! (Broadway)

From 482 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 (482)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

78
Audacious, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see an new, fully exposed, version of a show YOU THINK you know

Don't see it if experimental theatre scares you. It is VERY MUCH it's own thing

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.

91
Absorbing, Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if you are intrigued with seeing old classics interpreted in new and exciting ways. This was a stunning production - inspired and moving.

Don't see it if you are looking for the classic -- and are not open to a new take.

84
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Reimagined Oklahoma with the music you know and dance routine, told for today. its the unsanitized version of the show. Cast is amazing

Don't see it if if you want to see Shirley Jones version of oklahoma. Set in the round with lighted staging. Video usage and gun shots. Stay home

90
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like reimagined versions of classic musicals, you enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein, you enjoy open-staged shows

Don't see it if you are a R&H purist, you don't like changes to classic musicals, you prefer proscenium staged shows

Also Really enjoyed this production of Oklahoma! The new take on the music ... Read more Read less

77
Quirky costumes for a play set in 1906, Middling choreography, Setting looks cheaper than a high school gymnasium, Modern "dream sequence" was a poor fit, Turgid direction

See it if you never saw Agnes DeMille's version w/ FAB choreography; you like a slower tempo; you're an Ali Stroker fan; "stripped down" is your thing

Don't see it if a classic "Oklahoma" is what you love; you resent paying B'way prices for a show that looks like it was staged in your high school's gym

Also Wheelchair-bound Ali Stroker gives the role of Ado Annie her all. Othe... Read more Read less

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

78
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want a complete reinvention of a classic. it is for sure polarizing so go in with an open mind

Don't see it if you are a purist. you hold the original very dearly to your heart. they have changed the music style completely so it can be quite shocking

90
Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see a totally new approach to a classic musical. Minimal sets allows you to really concentrate on some great acting.

Don't see it if You expect the original. This is a different take from what you might have seen before. Much more hip and modernized.

87
Must see, Great singing, Dark, Unnerving, Impressive

See it if you want an interpretation that digs into the heart of the script to expose a toxic portrayal of masculinity and American expansionism.

Don't see it if you want your classics left alone, where you can pretend Oklahoma! is still the same, saccharine romance you thought it was in high school.

91
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you can! Stunningly fresh production of this classic you _thought_ you knew. And O M G, that IS the original book! Who knew?!

Don't see it if you think of this musical lovingly as something just as sweet as could be. T'ain't.

80
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A completely reimagined production that somehow reveals what was always in the source material - completely absorbing, amazing cast.

Don't see it if ...if experimental, immersive productions aren't your thing. This is not your grandmother's Oklahoma.

5
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see every production of Oklahoma on the planet, and don’t care if this is arbitrarily updated to no purpose.

Don't see it if You expect actors to connect, dislike screeching through songs, want to see dance by dancers, want to enjoy yourself.

Also Actors enter in first act dressed like they are in Brooklyn not Oklaho... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Innovated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Hammerstein’s music & updated versions of classic shows. New and interesting presentations r a treat as is the cornbread/chilli

Don't see it if If you only expect a replica of the original or the movie.

85
Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to experience an old familiar standby turn into a darker, gloomier version. Daring twists carried by very talented actors, singers

Don't see it if You want to maintain untarnished memories of a classic musical. You are frightened by periods of stark darkness and multiple gunshots.

Also and musicians. All topped off by a very talented dancer who literally ... Read more Read less

84
Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fresh inventive take on Oklahoma which while challenging your sense of purity more than makes up for it in new meaning.

Don't see it if If you are a true purist (as I thought I was) However you will witness a new fresh interpretation that packs a wallop

Also I am a purist and I went into this even with loads of trepidation. But... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Innovative, Refreshing

See it if you love the original and want to see a fresh take on the character interpretations, dream ballet, and overall diversity of the cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional revival. While the dialogue and lyrics haven't changed, the presentation and interpretation are modernized.

80
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you adore the music of Oklahoma

Don't see it if you dislike changes to traditional musicals

91
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, For a specific audience, Profound

See it if you can get into a brilliant re-interpretation of an operetta you grew up on. Like with Hamilton, it took a while to get into it

Don't see it if If you can't give up Rogers & Hamerstein's Oklahoma. All the words are the same but this has nothing to do with the original

82
Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy musicals with wonderful acting.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a small stage and where the audience sits on the stage.

86
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Clever

See it if You like recontextualized classic musicals - a sweet tale of Okie love becomes something modern, dark, & relevant. Also there's free chili

Don't see it if You want a typical Broadway musical - the singing is top notch, but there's limited dancing and almost no set to speak of.

79
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

See it if you are open to a darker interpretation of Oklahoma.

Don't see it if you want a standard production of Oklahoma.

15
Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a VERY progressively staged, classic musical

Don't see it if You are wanting to get your money's worth or expecting to see a great show.

Also To me ... this is a fine example of "The Emporer's New Clothes"! I hav... Read more Read less

89
Dark, Must see, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Even if you don’t like Rodgers & Hammerstein or want to see a incredibly dark and moving piece.

Don't see it if You want a traditional take on Oklahoma.

78
Doesn't quite land, Uneven, Gorgeous orchestrations, Strong cast, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an original take on a classic piece. The orchestrations are absolutely gorgeous and the cast is solid.

Don't see it if you love Oklahoma. This isn't the best revival of the original piece (liberties are taken) and some of the experimental elements don't work.

Also What was up with the dream ballet? It was unnerving. Which, I suppose,... 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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