It took twelve years of development for director Daniel Fish’s new production of Oklahoma! to reach Broadway — and now that it’s here, it feels as if modern musical theater will be forever changed by the revolutionary take on the quintessential Rodgers & Hammerstein musical (now nominated for eight Tony awards, including best revival of a musical).
In the intimate production playing at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, the 1943 show — considered the first modern musical — feels newly contemporary, thanks to inventive new orchestrations, staging and acting that illuminate the timeless, and timely, themes of the story. On this week’s episode of the Billboard on Broadway podcast, orchestrator/arranger/musical supervisor Daniel Kluger is joined by actors Patrick Vaill (Jud Fry) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Laurey Williams) for an in-depth discussion of what makes this an Oklahoma! for today.