Oklahoma Closing 1/19/20

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Oklahoma Closing 1/19/20#1
Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:04am
I dont recall seeing this anywhere but their advertising now says the show is running through January 19th. That means theres enough time to get another show in there for this season...
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Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:06am

I mean looking at the grosses, it seems pretty unlikely to extend again

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:10am

I think that was the date of the last extension...not surprising.

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:11am
It was originally announced as a limited run through September, then extended into January. They’re probably just putting that banner up to drum up any last-minute sales before winding down.
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Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:12am

I believe it was always a limited run, and this was actually an extension. It's not doing great business at the moment, but frankly, good on them for finding an audience for such a bold and challenging take on the material! It has already done better than I had feared it might perform.

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:37am

End of April it was announced. Now just hoping they can make it till then.

https://www.broadway.com/buzz/195651/innovative-oklahoma-revival-extends-broadway-run/

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 10:42am

I think the surprise is not that it's closing on January 19th, it's that it's not closing sooner. (Of course, that's 4 months away and if sales go down the toilet in October/November it might not be worth it to keep running through the New Year.)

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 1:41pm

How does the length of this run compare to that of the Trevor Nunn production in the 90's or the William Hammerstein revival of the late 70's? 

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 2:04pm

joevitus said: "How does the length of this run compareto that of the Trevor Nunn production in the 90's or the William Hammerstein revival of the late 70's?"

 

According to IBDB - the Nunn revival ran 388 performances, while the William Hammerstein revival ran only 293 performances. 

And it looks like this revival will have run about 328 performances (if my rushed math is correct). 

I have no idea if the last 2 revivals were limited runs or not - anyone else know? 

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 3:26pm

I'm glad to see it had a run between the lengths of the other two. I'd like this show to be remembered as a success because it took a lot of chances with familiar material, and we need more of that.

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 3:50pm
Actually surprised it isn’t selling better.

Did it recoup? It seems kind of expensive to run honestly.
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Posted: 9/12/19 at 8:08pm

“ it took a lot of chances with familiar material, and we need more of that.”

 

We need none of that.

 

 

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 8:12pm

Southern Cakes wrote:

 

“Actually surprised it isn’t selling better.”

 

Mmm, I guess the public wasn't as enamored of it as our critics. 

Tells you a lot about our critics.

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 8:24pm

After Eight said: "“ it took a lot of chances with familiar material, and we need more of that.”



We need none of that."


 

Some of us think we do. 
Not all shows are for all people. You didn't like this show, I thought it was brilliant. To each their own. I would never say what you feel is wrong, the production was just wrong for you. Please don't tell me I was wrong for loving it.


 

 

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 8:35pm
I will say, the show made me want to see a normal production as I’ve nothing to compare it to!
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Posted: 9/12/19 at 8:36pm

George in DC said: "Some of us think we do.
Not all shows are for all people. You didn't like this show, I thought it was brilliant. To each their own. I would never say what you feel is wrong, the production was just wrong for you. Pleasedon't tell me I was wrong for loving it."




George, don't let After Eight get to you. He is notorious for disliking everything, and treating his own opinion as if it's law. Best to just disengage. 

 

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 8:55pm

George in DC wrote:

“Some of us think we do.”

Yes. And  I think we don't.


“ I would never say what you feel is wrong, the production was just wrong for you. Please don't tell me I was wrong for loving it.”

 

Excuse me, but I said no such thing. 

A poster made a statement.

I disagreed with it.

That's all.

 

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Posted: 9/12/19 at 11:58pm

After Eight said: "George in DC wrote:

“Some of us think we do.”

Yes. And Ithink we don't.


“ I would never say what you feel is wrong, the production was just wrong for you. Pleasedon't tell me I was wrong for loving it.”



Excuse me, but I said no such thing.

A poster made a statement.

I disagreed with it.

That's all.


"

That's all you ever do. We expect nothing less. I can just never tell if you are a contrarian for contrary's sake, or if you really are so genuinely conservative in your views that you truly hate any change or progress as much as you claim you do.

Yeah, yeah, I know "I wouldn't call any of this dreck today progress." Go ahead, say it. We all know you are going to.

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Posted: 9/13/19 at 12:33am
That intermission chilli isn't making recoupment any faster.

(I'm kidding I loved the chilli; next to Damon's locks it was my favorite thing about the show)
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Posted: 9/13/19 at 7:31am

 

Jimmycurry01 said:

 

“Yeah, yeah, I know "I wouldn't call any of this dreck today progress." Go ahead, say it.”

 

Your wish is my command.

I wouldn't call any of this dreck today progress.

Quite the opposite!

 

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Posted: 9/13/19 at 7:57am

Here's my theory on A8: he as two profiles here....one which is his true opinions and A8.  Just to piss everyone off for each show that opens.  If the majority like it, A8 will hate and vice versa.

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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Posted: 9/13/19 at 8:30am

After Eight said: "“ it took a lot of chances with familiar material, and we need more of that.”



We need none of that.




"

I'll grant you, changing the ending to My Fair Lady bugs me in a way this show (which is more radical in its alterations) doesn't, but that's because  I get the impression that that production, for most of it's running time, was a typical My Fair Lady, and then this sudden switch. It feels tonally off. Plus, no one is saying "Oh I'm so sick of My Fair Lady, it's so old fashioned."

But they generally do say that with Oklahoma!, and I hate that that show (one of my all-time favorites) has come to be treated as outdated and irrelevant. Plus, everything I've read about the Oklahoma! revival sounds tonally consistent. It wasn't a typical production with one really out-in-left-field choice.

Is it how I would stage the work, do I consider this the "definitive" staging? No. But it was daring, the cast album is a delight, and to me the show's daring was consistent and therefore was done with integrity. 

To each their own.

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Posted: 9/13/19 at 2:42pm

I wish people would stop throwing the word "hate" around so carelessly. Hate should be reserved for something worse than dissing a play.

It's OK to experiment with the classics, especially in a small scale production such as this. Subsequent revivals are not going to end with ketchup flying at the end, but they might find a few good nuggets worth preserving. Like keeping in the song "Lonely Room" and humanizing Jud. I also like the idea of the chili and cornbread at intermission. Of course a major Broadway production would raise ticket prices $20 to cover the cost. No free lunch.

I wonder if Kelli O'Hara has seen or will see this. This musical was such an influence on her life growing up in Oklahoma. Not to see it might seem to be a snub. If she saw it, she might not like the changes.

Probably making to much of this. Kelli if she saw it and didn't like it would still say that it was a very good production and praise everyone.

 

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Posted: 9/13/19 at 3:02pm

Has Sondheim said anything about this production? Very very curious to know his thoughts. 

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Posted: 9/13/19 at 3:08pm

OlBlueEyes said: "I wish people would stop throwing the word "hate" around so carelessly. Hate should be reserved for something worse than dissing a play.

It's OK to experiment with the classics, especially in a small scale production such as this. Subsequent revivals are not going to end with ketchup flying at the end, but they might find a few good nuggets worth preserving. Like keeping in the song "Lonely Room" and humanizing Jud. I also like the idea of the chili and cornbread at intermission. Of course a major Broadway production would raise ticket prices $20 to cover the cost. No free lunch.

I wonder if Kelli O'Hara has seen or will see this. This musical was such an influence on her life growing up in Oklahoma. Not to see it might seem to be a snub. If she saw it, she might not like the changes.

Probably making to much of this. Kelli if she saw it and didn't likeit would still say that it was a very good production and praise everyone.


I know I never see any show until it gets the Kelli O'Hara Stamp of Approval!  Oklahoma Closing 1/19/20