It's been called Oklaheauxma, Sexy Oklahoma and the Oklahoma that fucks. Yes, Oklahoma!, the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, is currently being revived on Broadway, and it's not your Grandma's Oklahoma!
Now, you might be wondering why someone on ONTD made a whole damn post about an old musical from 1943, based on a play written in 1931. But even if you're not a fan of the original, there's a chance you'll fall for the Daniel Fish directed revival, which has a darker approach to the material and a bluegrass sound, despite using the same book and music as the original. It has everything: theater in the round, excessive house lights, a spartan set, chili at intermission, night vision videos, modern dance interludes and an aesthetically beautiful blood explosion.
The cast recording is set to come out on June 28th, and to get people hyped for that, the show has released a music video. Watch Curly (Damon Daunno) and Laurey (Rebecca Naomi Jones) duet on "People Will Say We're in Love", and click the cut for more videos + interviews.
Some highlights from the revival cut together in a promo reel to give you a feel for the staging and arrangements.
Musical supervisor Daniel Kluger talks about the orchestrations and arrangements of this revival being stripped down versions of the original music for a seven piece bluegrass band (who are placed in pits on stage, in the midst of the action)
Ado Annie (Ali Stroker) recording "I Cain't Say No" for the Broadway cast recording.
Before the Oklahoma revival came to Broadway, it was off-Broadway at St Ann's Warehouse. This is a promotional short clip of "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" from that run.
Ali Stroker singing "I Cain't Say No" live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Rebecca Naomi Jones and Damon Daunno sing "People Will Say We're In Love" on Live from Here with Chris Thile.
Gabrielle Hamilton, a dancer from Harlem, is making her Broadway debut in Oklahoma! as the star of the "dream ballet" sequence in Act II. She talks about how she's always wanted to be a dancer, how the show has been a dream come true, and how keeping in shape to perform eight times a week is the most grown-up thing she's done.
Daniel Fish's brilliantly reimagined "Oklahoma!" is now on Broadway, and its darkness dazzles. A New York Times Critic's Pick. https://t.co/g1hkKnfxDW— NYT Theater (@nytimestheater) April 8, 2019
The New York Times reviewed the show, calling it "astonishing" and raving about how the revival reflects the doubts and anxieties of our current age rather than the sunny-eyed optimism that was originally intended.
Some reactions from Twitter:
Oklahoma! has always been full of innuendo, but man this staging was particularly sexy, went to a matinee and I have NEVER seen so many flustered septuagenarians— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 29, 2019
I love this production of Oklahoma! so much. I love that it fucks. I love that the old man next to me wouldn’t stop muttering about how it was too vulgar and not his kind of Oklahoma!, and I love that I told him to shut the fuck up.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) April 10, 2019
oklahoma! on broadway is sooooo much better than oklahoma the state yes i'm speaking from personal experience— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) April 30, 2019
The show is set to run until January 2020, and it has an online lottery. It's also set to start touring next fall.
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Yes, I am obsessed with Oklahoma! in the year 2019 and yes I enjoyed the chili they served at intermission and yes I would go to the box social with Curly!