By Tulis McCall

Who knew that everyone in Oklahoma was depressed?

When you think of it, it makes sense.  This is not a pretty state.  This is a state that makes you insist on staying there.  Dustbowls.  Tornadoes. Texas to the south and the Dorothy’s Kansas due north.  Oklahoma means business, and if you ain’t up to it, please pass on by.  This particular story takes place at the turn of the century in Oklahoma – at the time it was referred to as Indian Territory.  Once it became a state the territory would be names Oklahoma after Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people”.  That would be all the Choctaws got out of that deal. Oops – that is another story.

Gabrielle Hamilton (c) Little Fang Photo

PS Did I mention that the theatre is tricked out like an old timer fair and the walls are adorned with (count them) 20 racks of rifles?  Welcome to the land of contradictions.  Read the full review HERE.

OKLAHOMA! – Music by Richard Rodgers; Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs; Original choreography by Agnes de Mille; New music arrangements by Daniel Kluger; Choreography by John Heginbotham; Directed by Daniel Fish

WITH – Will Brill, Anthony Cason, Damon Daunno, James Davis, Gabrielle Hamilton, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Mann, Mallory Portnoy, Ali Stroker, Mitch Tebo and Mary Testa

Daniel Kluger (Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision), John Heginbotham (Choreography), Nathan Koci (Music Direction), Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Terese Wadden (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), and Joshua Thorson (Projection Design) 

Tickets for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! are available on, by calling 212 -239-6200 or 800-447-7400 or in person at the Circle in the Square Box Office