Content warning: This review discusses suicide and mental health. When this intimate and innovative revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic premiered in New York, many, including the cast, dubbed the show “Sexy Oklahoma.” The hashtag #thisoklahomafucks permeated social media, as director Daniel Fish’s production showcases the darker, seductive elements of the story about the divisions in a local community on the brink of the titular territory’s statehood. Well, as someone who saw that...
Daniel Fish reimagines Oklahoma! for the 21st century — this is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical like you've never seen it before. Oklahoma! tickets are available on London Theatre now.
The Oklahoma! musical is based on Lynn Riggs’s 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set at the turn of the state formation, the musical follows cowboy Curly McClain and farmhand Jud Fry as they try to impress farmgirl Laurey Williams. As the courtship rivalry intensifies, the love triangle is further locked in — who will win Laurey’s heart? At the same time, there’s also romances between Ado Annie and cowboy Will Parker, and plenty of geographical discussions. Can the farmers and the cowmen be friends?
Daniel Fish adapted Oklahoma! for a modern-day audience to high acclaim: Oklahoma! won two Olivier Awards: Best Musical Revival, and Best Actor in a Musical (Arthur Darvill). The show also received Olivier nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Liza Sadovy and Marisha Wallace), Best Actress in a Musical (Anoushka Lucas), Best Sound Design (Drew Levy), Best Original Score (Daniel Kluger & Nathan Koci).
When Oklahoma! played at the Young Vic, we said: “director Daniel Fish’s production showcases the seductive elements of the story about the divisions in a local community on the brink of the titular territory’s statehood.” All the original Oklahoma! songs feature in the musical, such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”, “People Will Say We’re in Love” and “Cain’t Say No." Even though none of the original words have changed in this adaptation, there's a darker, grittier feel.
When was the Oklahoma musical written?
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II penned Oklahoma! in 1943 — the show changed the history of musical theatre. It's considered to be the first show of its kind that incorporate songs and dances to move the story forward. The musical also saw Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborate for the first time. The pair worked well together, later creating South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
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The show contains haze, smoke, loud gunshot effects, blackouts, flashing video images, disturbing themes including mention of suicide & an implied act of sexual assault. Corn, cornbread and eggs are handled & consumed on stage during the show.
2h 50m (incl. 1 interval)
February 16th, 2023
September 2nd, 2023
Recommended 12+. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticket holder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted.
Cast and creative
By: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Director: Daniel Fish
Cast list: Sam Palladio, Anoushka Lucas, Sally Ann Triplett, Patrick Vaill, Paige Peddie, James Patrick Davis, Stavros Demetraki, Greg Hicks, Lizzie Wofford, Raphael Bushay, Marie-Astrid Mence, Phillip Olagoke, Andrew Berlin, Arthur Boan, Shani Cantor, Anna-Maria de Freitas, George Maddison, Brianna Ogunbawo, Finlay Paul, Helen K Wint, David King-Yombo
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Set: Lael Jellinek and Grace Laubacher
Costume: Terese Wadden
Lighting: Scott Zielinski
Sound: Drew Levy
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