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#1 joiei

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 07:16 PM

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is staging Oklahoma! with an all African-American cast.  I'm looking forward to the performance. 

https://humanities.utulsa.edu/2018/03/27/homelands-different-lens-oklahoma-concert/ 

 

 

 

Oklahoma! in Concert was chosen based on the OCH theme of Homelands and the historic all-black towns that once thrived, and still, to some extent, survive here in the state. The discussion with the cast about an all-black Oklahoma! turned to excitement. Everyone needs their own space. Their own place to belong. Where is your beginning? Where is your start? For most of us, it meant a place where you can grow while surrounded by people who are like you. Home is what you make it, and it’s what makes you.

 


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#2 Wilfrid

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:25 PM

Curly!

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 07:29 PM

I met one of the Stars of the Upcoming Production at St Ann's warehouse.. Tickets are booking fast! 


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#4 Wilfrid

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 10:25 PM

Oklahoma and Carousel are bursting out all over, the last few years. Of course they are the pinnacle of that particular form along with West Side Story.

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 10:28 PM

This is not your father's Oklahoma!


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#6 Wilfrid

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 01:04 AM

Which one? 😁

#7 Sneakeater

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 02:25 AM

The one coming to St. Anne’s.
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 03:51 PM

The one coming to St. Anne’s.

 

Saw this on Saturday. It was excellent.

 

Loved the orchestration for the dream ballet.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:41 PM

WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD

 

I hated this until the end.

 

I hated the way the orchestrations seemed to try to use the worst counter-cultural tropes -- post-Burritos country rock, singer-songwriter "sincerity" -- as markers for "authenticity" in a work that's as inauthentic as can be, pure Northeastern Urban Centrist-Liberal Showbiz Corn (patronizing people in the South Central region -- no wonder they've now rebelled).  I was so offended by the faux Hendrix music in the dream ballet that I almost walked out.

 

I guess it's a good thing I didn't.  Because the revised ending -- where Curly becomes a murderer, and the trumped-up trial that absolves him a kangaroo court by which the community acts to favor its pet over a pariah -- showed that the creative team actually was subverting this horrible piece of smug complacent shit rather than lamely trying to modernize it.

 

I still don't know if I'm happy I sat through it.  There were a lot of other ways I could have used those three hours.


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#10 Wilfrid

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:50 PM

It’s not shit because of the score. But I guess I would need to see that ending.

Ersatz is right, although I still give first place to the genius Yip Harburg, who came up with “Glocca Morra” based on “glucke morgen.”

#11 Sneakeater

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:03 AM

To be clear, I don't think the erstatz is necessarily bad in art:  I mean, it's art, you know?

 

I do object greatly to faux "authenticity", though.


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#12 Wilfrid

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:06 AM

Yes, copy you on that. (Hate that phrase.)

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:07 AM

Anyone gives me faux Hendrix in the ballet from “Carousel” I am out of the door faster than when I found out Melissa Errico’s understudy was performing in “Dracula.”

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Posted Yesterday, 09:07 PM

WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD

 

I hated this until the end.

 

I hated the way the orchestrations seemed to try to use the worst counter-cultural tropes -- post-Burritos country rock, singer-songwriter "sincerity" -- as markers for "authenticity" in a work that's as inauthentic as can be, pure Northeastern Urban Centrist-Liberal Showbiz Corn (patronizing people in the South Central region -- no wonder they've now rebelled).  I was so offended by the faux Hendrix music in the dream ballet that I almost walked out.

 

I guess it's a good thing I didn't.  Because the revised ending -- where Curly becomes a murderer, and the trumped-up trial that absolves him a kangaroo court by which the community acts to favor its pet over a pariah -- showed that the creative team actually was subverting this horrible piece of smug complacent shit rather than lamely trying to modernize it.

 

I still don't know if I'm happy I sat through it.  There were a lot of other ways I could have used those three hours.

 

To be fair, during the staging of  pore jud is daid you could tell that Curly was a possible sociopath and that things were...unwell.



#15 Sneakeater

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Posted Yesterday, 09:29 PM

You’re right. That’s the other part I liked.
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