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Why see Oklahoma!?

An Oklahoma for a new america

A dark and daring new take on this musical classic! First making its bow on the Great White Way in 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein's evergreen classic Oklahoma! whisked early audiences away from the stark realities of World War II and offered up a song-filled optimism and unity. Reclaiming its joyous melodies, can-do spirit and classic plot, New York-based director Daniel Fish revived the song-and-dance spectacular in his home city in early 2019, earning eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival Of A Musical, for its stripped-back, Country-western treatment of the original score and vivid, darker depiction of the Wild West reflected in its naturalistic staging and style.

After blowing audiences away on Broadway, the production is set to light up the rest of North America on a hotly anticipated national tour. A stunning reimagining that keeps the text and score intact but shakes them up and examines them through the lens of the 21st century, Fish's revelatory iteration has received much critical acclaim for its bold interpretation of the darkness that lurks beneath the musical's sunny surface. With the music stripped of its original Broadway brass, familiar melodies and harmonies are given greater authenticity by a seven-piece string orchestra and tight vocal arrangements by music director Nathan Koci. 

What Is Oklahoma! About?

A 12 member ensemble shines a new light on Oklahoma's corn-fed romantic triangles, naturally tapping into contemporary issues of gun violence, sexual politics and class-based discrimination. Still set in an Oklahoma Territory on the verge of statehood in the early 1900s, it follows what seems like the simple trials and tribulations of cocksure cowboy Curly and broody farmhand Jud, who vie for the affections of the enchanting farm girl Laurey whilst angling to win her as a date at a local party. But within its lighthearted exterior, sex and violence bubble to boiling point and Fish artfully sets them free in a whirlwind, blood-drenched climax that makes Game of Thrones look tame. 

Key Information

Run Time

Two hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission.


Finished May 11, 2022


Sasha Hutchings as Laurey Williams
Sean Grandillo as Curly McLain
Christopher Bannow as Jud Fry
Sis as Ado Annie Carnes 
Hennessy Winkler as Will Parker
Benj Mirman as Ali Hakim
Barbara Walsh as Aunt Eller
Hannah Solow as Gertie Cummings
Patrick Clanton as Mike
Ugo Chukwu as Cord Elam


Music & book by Rogers and Hammerstein
Directed by Daniel Fish
Musical arrangement by Daniel Kluger
Choreography by John Heginbotham



Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Ali Stroker


Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Damon Daunno
Best Direction of a Musical - Daniel Fish
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Ali Stroker
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Mary Testa
Best Orchestrations - Daniel Kluger
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Laura Jellinek
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Drew Levy


Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Rebecca Naomi Jones
Outstanding Orchestrations


Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Damon Daunno 
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Rebecca Naomi Jones
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Daniel Fish
Outstanding Orchestrations


Customer reviews

438 reviews, average rating: (1.3 Stars)


Fascinating and Dark

It’s certainly different, but it’s not “woke,” as some reviewers are alleging. They’re probably alleging this because Ado Annie is played by a Black trans woman. But she’s played, as always, for comic relief: Hardly “woke,” in my opinion. What’s good: The song lyrics and dialogue are almost completely unchanged. A slight change at the end of the show is strikingly logical, as if the director is correcting a plot hole that’s always existed. Otherwise, mere changes in acting and lighting turn this show from a happy-go-lucky love story into a story about a man we’d immediately recognize today as an “incel”: Jud Fry, the farmhand. Scenes that are nearly always played as comedy become truly dark, and you’re left wondering how you could ever have thought the scene was funny. What’s not so good: To make the troubling scenes striking (and they’re downright unforgettable), the non-troubling scenes are fairy boring. And that’s roughly the first hour, with hardly any dancing or lighting changes ... Read more

Michelle Monsef

5 starts so you read it

This was BAD. As intermission blessedly happened my friend and I looked at each other and said what in the world did we just watch? What was all that about? The singing was good but thats all I can say in the positive. This is a show I wish I had not wasted my time on. I am the most easily entertained person around and I was not (ENTERTAINED). ... Read more



This is a very dark, modern day take on the classic musical. I loved every second, but I'm also very familiar with the story. People who haven't watched the movie or seen the show before will be caught off guard. Sis, the actress portraying Ado Annie, is a star. Watch this show to see her. I couldn't keep my eyes off her. ... Read more


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