Review: Berkshire Theatre Group Tinkers with the Classic “Oklahoma!” at the Colonial [Berkshire on Stage]

An existential wedding cake finale with the entire cast of Oklahoma! (photo: Abby LePage)

An existential wedding cake finale with the entire cast of Oklahoma! (photo: Abby LePage)

Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: You know how much I have been hoping that Oklahoma! would be the third hit musical this summer, following On the Town at Barrington Stage and Animal Crackers at Williamstown Theatre Festival. I feel like my souffle had all the perfect ingredients and then just as it comes out of the oven, it collapses.

And I ask myself what the hell happened.

Gail M. Burns: Although I like Oklahoma! I was disappointed way back when the BTG announced it as their summer musical. It just seemed such a safe, uninspired choice.

Larry: Well, let’s do a little bit of detective work and see where things might have gone off track. First the music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Oklahoma! is a classic, but even at the 1943 opening, the NY Post critic said the songs were too much alike. And is there any 1940′s song whose lyrics are still the cat’s pajamas?

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