Ohhhhhhh what a beautiful morning – it’s still possible to snag tickets for the smash hit revival of Oklahoma! (the exclamation mark comes with the title, but frankly we’d have been tempted to add it regardless), because the Young Vic’s award-winning, five star show is transferring to the West End this Spring.
Last year, director Daniel Fish breathed new life into the 75-year old musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which tells the tale of an American frontier town in former Indian territory on the verge of acquiring statehood. While it’s the exact same script and music as it’s always been, this energetic production is unlike any staging you’ll have seen before (unless, of course, you saw it at the Young Vic). And happily, most of the cast will be returning to reprise their roles when the show opens at Wyndham’s Theatre in Leicester Square.
Fish’s production shakes up the show and makes it feel bracingly, exhilaratingly modern. The lights are up, and the music is played by a small band who remain onstage throughout – as, in fact, does the twelve-strong cast, who attack the script with vigour and ceaseless energy. It’s funny, it’s dark, it’s sexy, it’s electrifying, and it’s loaded with full-throated bona fide musical theatre classic songs.
Having won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in its Broadway run, the show has been met with adoring notices in London, too; scoring ★★★★★ reviews from the Telegraph (“Punchy, playful and sexy, this Oklahoma! is an absolute knockout”), WhatsOnStage (“A masterpiece…absolutely revelatory”) the Metro (“Exceptional”) and Financial Times (“Stunningly reimagined”).
Just like Ado Annie, the girl who famously ‘Cain’t Say No’, only the hardest hearted would manage to say no to this lusty, rollicking reinvention of an old classic. Will you have the time of your life? Ohhhhhh (klahoma!) yes you will.
NOTE: Oklahoma! is playing at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16th February – 2nd September 2023. You can find out more, and get tickets (starting at £25) right here.
Wyndham’s Theatre | Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA
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