Come on, people, it was choreographed by Agnes De Mille. Of course it was going to be good. From the SF Chronicle.
Today it's an institution, but 'Oklahoma!' was once a big riskmore...
Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Everything about this new musical was wrong.
The story was thin and hopelessly corny. The play on which it was based, "Green Grow the Lilacs," had been a flop. The financially strapped producer couldn't afford to build a proper set. The two collaborators, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, had never worked together before. And they were proposing to cap the first act with -- what? -- a "dream ballet?"