A Revival of a Classic

A few years ago London's National Theatre gave new life to Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL. That production was a critical and public success, so it was natural that another American classic by the same authors would follow.

 


 

 

HUGH JACKMAN

JOSEFINA GABRIELLE

MAUREEN LIPMAN

VICKI SIMON

JIMMY JOHNSTON

SHULER HENSLEY

 

 

When it opened in 1943, OKLAHOMA! changed forever the face of the Broadway musical. Now, more than 50 years later, we have an entire new production. Gone is the classic choreography by Agnes de Mille, gone is the naivety of the original, and gone are the dated sets. Once again the National Theatre did a wonderful job.

As directed by Trevor Nunn this became a musical comedy with dark shades. The characters are more real (in the movie adaptation they were too nice) and the show has a modern look. The simple and imaginative sets work perfectly and are beautiful to watch, and the classic score never sounded better.

 

 

 

A Talented Cast

The cast couldn't be stronger, with all the members singing, dancing and acting (something that didn't happen in the original or even in the movie). The handsome Hugh Jackman is a perfect manly Curly, Josefina Gabrielle is a flawless Laurey, Jimmy Johnston and Vicki Simon played the innocently funny Will and Ado Annie, Shuler Hensley plays a scary Jud, Maureen Lipman is a convincing Aunt Eller and Peter Polycarpou a crazy Ali Hakim.

The One and Only Stroman

Once again Susan Stroman did a great job. The dance numbers are exciting and the new orchestrations by William David Brohn are a perfect match for Stroman's steps.

 

 

 

Music  by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Choreography by Susan Stroman 

  Directed by Trevor Nunn

Rated by Jorge: ++++

 

 

 


KANSAS CITY is pure Stroman and the ballet sequence is brilliant, but the best is THE FARMER AND THE COWMAN, which opened the second act. This number is a truly showstopper and made me wish I was on stage. The entire company seemed like they were having a ball and put all their energy into it.

Maybe one day all revivals will be like this, until then let's enjoy this new OKLAHOMA!

 

 

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