Just in time for the 75th anniversary of its wartime premiere, Oklahoma! resurfaces as a fresh and daring new work with a seven-piece band playing all new arrangements of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classics. Set in the Territory of Oklahoma on the verge of becoming a state, director Daniel Fish’s timely production upends the sunny romance between a farmer and a cowpoke with “what has always been just below the surface of this magnificent musical” – the darker psychological truths of a community circling the wagons against a reviled outsider.
“Daniel Fish’s vibrant, essential excavation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 classic asks that we listen with virgin ears…. And what do we hear? Why, America singing, of course, in all its insolence and innocence, its optimism and anxiety, its gregariousness and its guardedness — America as it was, and is, and probably shall ever be.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times (2015)