An unfulfilling reinvention of OKLAHOMA! at the West Valley Hale

WEST VALLEY CITY — Producing a classic play can be a challenge for theatre artists. An inherent tension exists between the creative impulse to do something new and audience members’ expectations of a classic shown done the “right way.” The creative team of Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! chose to introduce new elements to the show. […]

Shout “Yeeow!” for Utah Festival Opera’s OKLAHOMA!

LOGAN — Oklahoma! was the first musical that the very popular team of Rodgers and Hammerstein created together, and through the years it has been the subject of critical acclaim, awards, and accolades. Because of this, the show is one that is done by many theatre companies, communities, and high schools. The music is well known, well […]

Oklahoma! is a Heap Better’n OK!

MAGNA — I hadn’t seen Oklahoma! in years and my two play-going companions, my husband and 15-year-old son, had never seen the live version, so it was a treat to attend The Magna Empress Theater’s production of this classic, directed by Nanny McKenzie.

Not Your Mother’s “Oklahoma!”

OREM – Ho-hum. Another opening of another Oklahoma! Curly ambles down the auditorium’s aisles and onto the stage rhapsodizing about “a bright, golden haze on the meadow”—