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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 Olive Finan from Durham, North Carolina


If it is not broken do not try to fix it. This change of the original was a flop. Half of the audience exited at intermission. It was slow, lacking enthusiasm. I was so looking forward to this show and was sorely disappointed. Some of the characters wore 2022 clothing styles not the style of the setting.

2.0 star rating Rod Visser from Chapel Hill, NC


As I write this, 248 reviews have been posted with an average rating of 1.2 stars. Yes, 1.2! I'm wondering what show the 3 reviewers who gave it 5 stars were watching..... I agree with the overwhelming sentiment expressed by patrons here. This is not classic Oklahoma! and would likely be unrecognizable to R&H. Some good is supposed to make you reflect and talk - check!...impossible to ruin the wonderful songs....Christopher Bannow as Jud Fry was spectacular, with a lovely voice....the bluegrass band was quite proficient, although not up to the majesty of a full orchestra. Sadly, the rest was disappointing, to be kind. The production claimed the setting was still 1906 Oklahoma territory, but the anachronisms were widespread and pointless (electric crockpots, Bud Light, gable top quart sized cartons of milk). The dream ballet that opened the second act was laughable, cacophonous, unrelated to the story. People leaving at intermission missed that horror show. Stay home!

2.0 star rating Patty from Durham, North Carolina


I thought the acting/speaking parts sounded like someone trying out to be in a high school musical. I kept wondering-is this supposed to sound like this? Totally lost on this one-singing as great-not sure why it was necessary to grab the microphone in the middle of a song to sing? The darkness scenes on the stage were boring and long and although the “dream” dance was not boring -it too was too long l, too loud and confusing. 6th year Season ticket holder and for the first time since I’ve seen many seats left empty after intermission.

2.0 star rating Carol from Great Falls, VA


The talented cast was very poorly served by this productions direction and staging. As a result, the show came across as an amateur effort that should have closed in early tryouts. Other reviews have suggested that this production was supposed to bring more modern understanding to the material. This viewer didn’t see anything to draw the audience into any new emotional connection with the story or the characters.

2.0 star rating Marco Ross from Washington, District of Columbia


I like the new interpretation of the original show. It makes me wish I had seen the original Broadway production. But this was just amateurish. Acting, staging, set--all were, I hate to say it, no better than a not great high school production. And some parts were plain embarrassing.

2.0 star rating Disappointed in Virginia from Washington, District of Columbia


Disappointing! I expected a lovely evening watching an iconic show. Why did they do this to a great play? Also, totally misrepresented. It was nothing like the original Oklahoma. Had I known I would not have spent money and time watching it.

2.0 star rating Sonya from Washington, District of Columbia


I saw this originally at St Ann’s warehouse in Brooklyn. A small in the round theater where it premiered. It worked there. It did not at all on a large stage. The casting was off and I did not like the Jud, aunt Eller, or ado Annie at all! Aunt eller sounded like she was off singing. Jud at St Ann’s was charismatic enough t to evoke sympathy, this guy not. Really this ado Annie was in no way fitting to the role. While a good voice, there is no way she would have every man chasing her. The gunshots scared me to death. The dark was ridiculous. We sat there not knowing what was going on.

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