Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#1
Posted: 4/25/19 at 5:48pm

I see nothing to like or admire in this.  What am I missing?  I find this pretty awful. The two voices do nothing for me. Nor do the vocal arrangements. 

The orchestrations just seem to concentrate on a prominent instrument in the original orchestrations and bring it to the forefront in simplified form.  What is so exciting about that?

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41RIkbPi2UE

 

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#2
Posted: 4/25/19 at 6:05pm
I think it's intoxicating. It's truly gorgeous in the show. However, I think you have to be somewhat of a fan of the indie/folk sound to fully appreciate this rendition.
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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#3
Posted: 4/25/19 at 6:18pm

haven't seen the revival and have limited exposure to Oklahoma! in general but they both sound great to me- shes got that gritty voice and he has this twangy falsetto. i can see wishing two "classic sounding" actors were cast, but once you accept they are not going for that ole broadway sound- its fantastic. 

 

 

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#4
Posted: 4/25/19 at 6:32pm

I find that's not quite representative of the performances in the show due to the awkward "concert version" set up. I recommend the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ozS9j8bWh4

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#5
Posted: 4/25/19 at 8:43pm

FranklinDickson2018 said: "I see nothing to like or admire in this. What am I missing? I find this pretty awful. The two voices do nothing for me. Nor do the vocal arrangements.

The orchestrations just seem to concentrate on a prominent instrument in the original orchestrations and bring it to the forefront in simplified form.What is so exciting about that?

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41RIkbPi2UE


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You’re judging an entire immersive, in-the-round production off a YouTube video of an out of context performance. That’s what’s missing.

And look, if you find it so awful, just consider it a win for your wallet and see something else.

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#6
Posted: 4/26/19 at 12:40am
Im real sorry that anyone is forcing you to "like" this, that gun to your head must be scary. Dont give in.

If it doesnt appeal to you, it doesnt appeal to you, no harm done.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#7
Posted: 4/26/19 at 1:40am

FranklinDickson2018 said: "I see nothing to like or admire in this."

Then move along.

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#8
Posted: 4/26/19 at 7:27am

Sorry to see the thread lapse into the usual nastiness, but it’s refreshing to hear a different take on a classic score that we’ve heard a hundred times performed with traditional orchestra.

Bluegrass is the perfect genre for the scene and setting, and almost everyone likes bluegrass. Even sworn enemies of country music.

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 7:55am

When the OP STARTS in nastiness, hard to not answer in same.  

I see nothing to like or admire in this.  What am I missing?  I find this pretty awful. The two voices do nothing for me. Nor do the vocal arrangements. 

 

I'm not even sticking up for the show - I haven't seen it yet.  I just hate when people bash things they haven't actually seen.  (Or, as in this case, from one clip)

If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#10
Posted: 4/26/19 at 9:00am

The orchestrations just seem to concentrate on a prominent instrument in the original orchestrations and bring it to the forefront in simplified form.  What is so exciting about that?

Who described this arrangement of this song as "exciting"?  It's not supposed to be exciting.  It's not that type of song.  Personally, I think it sounds lovely, which is apropos for the song itself.  

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 9:19am

dramamama611 said: "When the OP STARTS in nastiness, hard to not answer in same.

I see nothing to like or admire in this. What am I missing? I find this pretty awful. The two voices do nothing for me. Nor do the vocal arrangements.



I'm not even sticking up for the show - I haven't seen it yet. I just hate when people bash things they haven't actually seen. (Or, as in this case, from one clip)
"

Absolutely agree. I don't believe you can judge a show unless you actually see it. Then again, that could just be me. 

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 9:24am

dramamama611 said: "Im real sorry that anyone is forcing you to "like" this, that gun to your head must be scary. Dont give in.
 


You weren't really nasty to the OP.

If it doesnt appeal to you, it doesnt appeal to you, no harm done.

This is pretty much the best response. Short and to the point.

 

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#13
Posted: 4/26/19 at 10:07am

I haven't heard a lot of examples yet, but so far, I LOOOOOVE the new arrangements. What impresses me is how the orchestral arranger has captured so much of the original score, and arranged it for instruments that are classified as rhythm instruments.

I am blown away by the incredible skill it takes to use a rhythm instrument to play melody, counterpoint and harmony simultaneously. Surry with the Fringe on Top is a very nice example of what I mean.

BenElliott used the word, "intoxicating". If I were to choose a froo-froo adjective (and why not, when the musicianship is THIS good?), I'd choose "sparkling".

The vocals, however..... mmnnnnyaaah... not so impressive (for me).

Except for Ali Stroker (Ado Annie). Wow!! She impressed me vocally and creatively with her interpretation. I thought she was a perfect match of vocals with the new orchestration. And I imagine I will also vocally love hearing Mary Testa as Aunt Eller - heck, it's Mary Testa! 

This is an OC album I'm anxious to own primarily for the new orchestrations. It's a shame that the Curly and Laurie aren't so much singers, as they are catterwallers. I'm sure that works for some folks (especially in context of this production) - I'm just not one of them.

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#14
Posted: 4/26/19 at 10:37am

This is a very poor rendition of a duet that live was absolutely gorgeous. You kind of have to see it. But this awkward concert format took a lot of the magic out of the duet.

But what shiuld you like about it? I don't know how anyone can say that Damon Daunno doesn't have a gorgeous voice and doesn't look like a Sun-Records era Elvis.

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#15
Posted: 4/26/19 at 11:03am
Why should I like the boring original orchestrations from 70 years ago?

Different strokes for different folks. And so on and so forth and doo be doo be doo be.

And as everyone has said, it’s rather silly to judge something you haven’t seen based of an out of context concert rendition.


So you have two choices: buy a ticket. Or don’t.

Trying to trash something you haven’t seen on a broadway message board to people who have seen it and found it moving isn’t one of the choices
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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#16
Posted: 4/26/19 at 11:10am

It loses a bit from being taken out of the audio-visual context of the show (which is very strong), but I love how much feeling the actors put into their vocals - they're very expressive - and how successfully they have deconstructed, and reconstructed, it into a gentle, ambling, small-scale duet. 

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 11:18am

You HAVE to like this. Sorry. Every single one of the other million recordings of this song are going to be burned, along with all record of any previous incarnation of Oklahoma. This is all you have left. 

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 11:36am

I saw Damon Daunno in Hadestown and did not care for his voice, therefore I put off seeing Okalahoma! at St. Ann's and now on Broadway because of it. FranklinDickson2018, thank you for posting this clip because I thought, let me give it another try, and proceeded to turn it off after 30 seconds. 

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 11:37am
You don’t HAVE to like anything you don’t like. That’s the beauty of having multiple shows running alongside this production of Oklahoma along with countless productions of Oklahoma that pop up all over the country every year: you have other options.

Now, the real question is “If you do like this, why?” For me, the answer was in someone else’s response: I found the duet absolutely intoxicating in the context of the show. I genuinely swoon when I think of it, it’s that memorable. Their chemistry was palpable and the band arrangement is absolutely perfect. Others will disagree, but this production will go down as one of the greatest I’ve ever seen of any show, anywhere. Can’t wait for the cast recording.
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Posted: 4/26/19 at 3:41pm

I don't have a problem with the singing style but I do with the acting.  This ought to be a flirtatious duet, but the Laurie sings the song flatly without any particular emotion.  She doesn't act it well.

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 3:47pm

From my understanding, this ^ is no longer the interpretation.  

If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#22
Posted: 4/26/19 at 4:15pm
I would never say that anybody should, or shouldn't like something. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was cute, their chemistry together on stage was enjoyable, and I found the new take on the song to be fun and refreshing.

Nothing can be for everyone. There are literally thousands of people out there who would ask the same question after having heard Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones sing the same song.
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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#23
Posted: 4/26/19 at 5:38pm

Just watched this video and I absolutely loved every second of it. Acting is made up of actions ya'll and it is clear RNJ is doing specific things tailored to her Laurie. Just because you don't get it doesn't mean its bad,,, it just means its not for you. 

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#24
Posted: 4/26/19 at 6:07pm

This video of one of my favorite songs, was a bright moment in an otherwise difficult day.  It touched my heart, and that's all I can ask.

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Why should I like this? Oklahoma duet#25
Posted: 4/26/19 at 10:32pm

goodlead said: "I don't have a problem with the singing style but I do with the acting. This ought to be a flirtatious duet, but the Laurie sings the song flatly without any particular emotion. She doesn't act it well."

I think she is acting it in the spirit of the new revival, but not the typical way.