Tony nominations 2019 include a new ‘Oklahoma!’ for a troubled time

Sure, there’s a bright golden haze on the meadow.

But there’s also plenty of dark stuff happening in Oklahoma territory in 1906. And that’s the stuff that Daniel Fish, director of the much-discussed new Broadway production of the classic musical  “Oklahoma!” is interested in.

“I think one of my concerns is really looking at the role of the outsider in American culture,” says Fish.

You’ve probably read about — if you haven’t already seen — this wild new production, which opened earlier this month at Circle in the Square, and earned eight Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday morning, including best revival of a musical.

You’ve heard how the house lights are kept lit through most of the show (though there are also scenes that play in total darkness, or with projected video).

You’ve heard how the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein score has been rejiggered for a lively, eight-piece bluegrass band. How real chili is cooked at picnic tables onstage — and shared with the audience at intermission. How shotguns festoon the walls of the theater, to remind us of Oklahoma’s red state gun culture. How Ado Annie, played by Ali Stroker (who’s gotten rave reviews) does her part from a wheelchair.

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