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Posted: 3/17/19 at 8:04pm

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Oklahoma!, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, comes to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement, reorchestrated and reimagined for the 21st century by Daniel Fish. 

Previews begin March 19, with opening night set for April 7, with a limited engagement through September 1, 2019.

SYNOPSIS: A confident cowboy competes with a surly, mysterious farmhand for the honor of taking a lovely young farm woman to dance in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 musical adaptation of Green Grow the Lilacs.

CAST:  Damon Daunno (Curley McLain), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Laurey Williams), Mary Testa (Aunt Eller), Will Brill (Ali Hakim), Anthony Cason (Cord Elam), James Davis (Will Parker), Gabrielle Hamilton (Lead Dancer) Will Mann (Mike), Mallory Portnoy (Gertie Cummings), Ali Stroker (Ado Annie), Mitch Tebo (Andrew Carnes), Patrick Vaill (Jud Fry), Chris Bannow (u/s Ali Hakim/Curly McLain, Jud Fry, Mike), Demetia Hopkins (u/s Lead Dancer), Sasha Hutchings (u/s Ado Annie, Laurey Williams, Lead Dancer), Denver Milord (u/s Curly McLain, Cord Elam, Jud Fry, Mike), Kristie Dale Sanders (u/s Aunt Eller, Gertie Cummings), and Chelsea Lee Williams (u/s Ado Annie, Laurey Williams, Gertie Cummings).

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OKLAHOMA! Previews#2
Posted: 3/18/19 at 10:49pm

Wild transformation of CITS (from Instagram)...

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Posted: 3/18/19 at 11:04pm

Will be there next week after loving it at St Anns, very excited

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OKLAHOMA! Previews#4
Posted: 3/18/19 at 11:37pm
I thought this was absolutely flawless at St. Ann's so I'm very excited to see it again. I wonder if they'll have standing room like CITS usually has.
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OKLAHOMA! Previews#5
Posted: 3/19/19 at 11:42am
So, is there someone credited with new lyrics? Just watched a video clip of Ali Stroker singing “I cain’t say no” and the bulk of the lyrics are new
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Posted: 3/19/19 at 11:56am
None of the lyrics are new.
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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:01pm

GeorgeandDot said: "None of the lyrics are new."

I solidly beg to differ. Here is the video clip to which I was referring https://youtu.be/zyQsv8L_5aA

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:07pm

Yes, those are the original lyrics.  It's an encore of the song with lyrics by Hammerstein.

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:13pm
I stand corrected. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard that encore, but I’ve learned something new today.
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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:14pm

jonartdesigns said: "GeorgeandDot said: "None of the lyrics are new."

I solidly beg to differ. Here is the video clip to which I was referringhttps://youtu.be/zyQsv8L_5aA
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Those are indeed the original lyrics. You can hear them on Kaye Ballard's version on Spotify. They're also in the movie.

 

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:16pm

CT2NYC said: "Wild transformation of CITS (from Instagram)...

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WOW!!!! Looks entirely different, thats quite impressive! 

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:30pm

Wow! Looks fabulous. There seriously needs to be more than one truly flexible Broadway house. 

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 12:56pm

Looks similar to st ann’s . simple set - easy transfer 

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 1:06pm

The picnic tables on the floor get chili and cornbread at intermission

We ain't no cheerleaders.
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Posted: 3/19/19 at 1:20pm

YvanEhtNioj said: "The picnic tables on the floor get chili and cornbread at intermission"

Everyone got chili and cornbread at St. Ann's.

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 1:49pm
Another great thing to note from that image is how the onstage band now has a runway down the center, and it looks like there may be a few less band members actually on stage. This should vastly improve sightlines and sound issues.

I imagine the whole production is intact - the only question, are they mic'd? I didn't have a personal issue with that at St. Ann's but I know lots of people did.

I'll be there again tonight! Cannot wait! Will report back.
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Posted: 3/19/19 at 1:57pm

Wow at first glance I thought that was St. Ann's. I sat in the obstructed view section at St. Ann's and the view was similar (I was closer to the band.) Also, I agree that the band looks closer to the actors.

At St. Ann's everyone got free chili! That was fun.

I can't seem to see the 2 doors at the wall there.

 
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In St. Ann's during the dream ballet scene with the falling boots I recall both men were behind the two doors on the wall (opposite from the band.)

Anyway, for those seeing this show this evening for the first preview, have a great time!

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 2:22pm

CT2NYC said: "YvanEhtNioj said: "The picnic tables on the floor get chili and cornbread at intermission"

Everyone got chili and cornbread at St. Ann's.
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Yeah I know. I thought  i read an article that said it was only for the lower seats, but I cant find it so i  must have been mistaken.

Ayyyeeeee.. chili for everyone - I can dig it. 

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 7:35pm
Won a lottery seat for tonight. Its one of the floor tables.
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Posted: 3/19/19 at 8:30pm

all_that_jazz said: "Won a lottery seat for tonight. Its one of the floor tables."

I was hoping that’s where the lotto seats were going to be!  Thanks for posting that!

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 9:43pm
So two of us who requested 1 seat got tables. A few others that got pairs are in the end round section of the horseshoe. Great view.
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OKLAHOMA! Previews#22
Posted: 3/19/19 at 10:59pm

Anxiously waiting to reports is getting me all tense.....

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 11:10pm

What the hell was that!??!!?!

I don't know what combination of drugs you have to be on to stage what appeared tonight but it is the WORST most torturous thing i have evrr sat through. EVER! Tje actor playing Will is delightful and the only good in this production. Maybe you need to be high out of your mind to watch it. And the "dream ballet" what a freakin joke.

I would reccomend this to no one. Not even my worst enemy.

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 11:15pm

O_O Well then, wasn't expecting that. Can I ask what it was that was so bad about?

Really on the fence on seeing this so very interested in what mad you hate it so much.

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Posted: 3/19/19 at 11:26pm
Its all over the place time location. Performances are dull wooden like everyone is on prozac. Will and Mary Testa are great. I think they had a concept but just didnt want to explain their concept. Maybe it works for a warehouse in Brooklyn but it does not here. Sucked all feeling or anything out.

They wanted to go for edgy but comes off as high school students trying to be edgy just to be edgy.

The drug enduced dream ballet sealed its fate for me.

I knoe alot of people liked in at St Annes. I did not see it there but I have a feeling a lot of people wowing it perhaps are those that figure if they don't "get it" then it must be good.

I would never tell someone not to see something because different things ring different with all of us but I just couldn't reccomend it to people.