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Oklahoma! Reviews

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Average customer review: 1.5 star rating (1.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 438



2.0 star rating Joy Smith from Tempe, Arizona


After loving the movie, I had hoped this performance would be better. It was boring at times. I didn't understand why they turned off the lights several times, or why they had the dancer that was totally unrelated, after the intermission. It was also hard to hear what they were saying. Several of us felt that way. Talented actors, singers, and dancers, but poorly put together.

1.0 star rating Ashish Thomas from Los Angeles, California


The Wall Street Journal's theater critic Terry Teachout had a scathing review of this "woke re-interpretation" of such a classic musical. I think it's worth quoting him: Not only do Curly and Laurie have no romantic chemistry ... but the show now ends not with an explosion of joy but in a pool of spilled blood. The rest of the staging is static, the casting is maximally nontraditional, and the book has been politically corrected (Ali Hakim, the Persian peddler, is deracinated). The men are thick-headed, loutish clods save for Jud, the psychopathic farmhand. Indeed, Jud is the only one who is portrayed as sympathetic, which tells you all you need to know about this “Oklahoma!” As for the “dream ballet,” newly choreographed by John Heginbotham, it’s a medley of modern-dance clichés so moldy that I briefly wondered whether it might possibly have been meant as a parody.

1.0 star rating Kathleen Jones from Minneapolis, Minnesota


The actors seemed completely uninterested in being there. Both the singing and acting lacked any enthusiasm & the story was dark and depressing. We walked out after about an hour. Definitely wouldn’t waste my time or money.

1.0 star rating Fran from Minneapolis, Minnesota


Very scene changes, couldnt hear them fun costume and orchestra is truly missed which adds magic to any show! I thought we went to the wrong theatre...this isnt Okalahoma! They need to reimagine again to the way it was written and add the flash, bells and whistles...alot of the audience left early and by intermission! I felt like we were at the screen reading on an empty stage with picnic tables!

1.0 star rating Patricia from Minneapolis, Minnesota


The music and on-stage pit band was amazing and it was fun to see them dressed as characters. I struggled to follow the play due to the disconnect between the characters and the delivery of the lines was off. I was not a fan of the dark camera scenes or the interpretive dance at the beginning of the second act. I noticed many the theater guests did not return after intermission and many left after before offering an applause at the end. If you're looking to see the original performance this is not for you. The "Classics" are amazing for a reason - don't try to change them.

1.0 star rating Cheryl Beacom from Zumbrota, MN


I attended last night’s performance of Oklahoma at the Orpheum in Minneapolis and am writing to express my dissatisfaction with this dark “woke” version of a wonderful musical. The choreography was poor, there was no connection between Curly and Laurie and no orchestra. The theatre itself was uncomfortably cold, we left at intermission.

1.0 star rating from Minneapolis, Minnesota


I’ve seen this classical musical at least half a dozen times, including at outdoor venues with live livestock. This was a gross bastardization of the original story. It was so dark that I literally heard children behind me whimper. This is in no way a family friendly production of a light hearted love story. Literally the worst theater production I have ever seen. Don’t waste your time or money!

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