Oklahoma! first opened on Broadway in 1943. It was the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. In 1955, the film version was released. In 2019, Daniel Fish’s version opened on Broadway. It won the Tony for best musical revival.
In the story, two men, a cowpoke and a famer, vie for the same woman. Also, a second love triangle involves two men, a cowboy and a peddler, involved with another woman.
This reimagination truly makes this story fresh and makes it fit into the current time period. This is accomplished without changing a single world of the text. It’s an amazing feat that you have to see to believe.
Christopher Bannow is excellent as the farmer trying his best to win the heart of the woman he loves. Sean Grandillo is great as the cocky cowpoke whom everyone loves. Sasha Hutchings is fantastic as the woman driving these two men crazy for her.
Hennessy Winkley is superb as the cowboy struggling to get together enough money to win over the father of the woman he loves. Mitch Tebo is excellent as the father exerting a lot of sway over who will marry his daughter. Benj Mirman is hilarious as the peddler getting forced into marriage at the barrel of his fiancée’s shotgun. Sis is outstandingly fierce and funny as the flirtatious fiancée.
Hannah Solow has one hell of a laugh. Gabrielle Hamilton is excellent in the modern dance piece to open the second act. Lastly, Barbara Walsh, Patrick Clanton, and Ugo Chukwu are all solid in their roles as well. All together they make a fantastic cast.
Get tickets now for Oklahoma through January 23rd!
Cost of a ticket: $90 (Orchestra seats)
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