Reimagined 'Oklahoma!' Headed for Broadway

Teddy Wolff
Rebecca Naomi Jones and Damon Daunno in Oklahoma!'

Director Daniel Fish's stripped-down, immersive staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, exposing the dark heart of an American classic, begins performances in March.

Good news for the many theatergoers who couldn't snag a ticket to the sold-out off-Broadway run this fall of Daniel Fish's acclaimed revisionist Oklahoma!: The radical new take on the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic will move to Broadway in the spring.

The transfer has been rumored since the production opened to mostly rave reviews in October at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, following a well-received premiere in 2015 at Bard SummerScape. It has since landed on the best-of-2018 lists of publications including The New York Times and Time magazine. 

Lead producer Eva Price confirmed Tuesday that the show will play a limited Broadway engagement, beginning previews March 19 at the Circle in the Square, ahead of an April 7 official opening. The production is scheduled to run through Sept. 1. 

"What an incredible moment to be producing on Broadway, in the middle of this wonderfully eclectic season spurred by an audience that is hungry for bold, daring work," said Price. "Daniel Fish's timeless and timely revival of this classic speaks so vividly to the place we as Americans are living in today."

While respecting the humor and romance of the piece, Fish and company strip down the musical in an audacious retelling that investigates the complex, often dark ambiguities at the heart of this story of the American West.

Casting has not yet been announced for the Broadway transfer, though it appears likely that many of the off-Broadway ensemble members will reprise their roles.

The St. Ann's cast included Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey, Damon Daunno as Curly, Mary Testa as Aunt Eller, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, James Davis as Will Parker, Michael Nathanson as Ali Hakim and Mitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes.

The production will be eligible for consideration in the 2019 Tony Awards, joining just one other musical revival announced so far for the current season — Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate from Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase.