Daniel Fish’s reimagined revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! officially opens on Broadway today at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it has been in preview performance since March 19. The cast is led by Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Significant Other) as Laurey and Damon Daunno (Brief Encounter) as Curly.
Helmed by Fish, the new production of Oklahoma! offers a startlingly contemporary reimagining of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, featuring new arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Kluger.
The original production, which premiered on Broadway in 1943, is largely credited with being the first musical to fully integrate its book, score, and choreography towards advancing the plot. Fish’s re-imagining leaves the original text and score intact, while exploring them through a 21st century lens.