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re: TB REGIONAL REVIEW: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL
Posted by: musicalsfan 11:50 pm EST 01/17/22
In reply to: re: TB REGIONAL REVIEW: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL - BroadwayTonyJ 09:49 pm EST 01/17/22

In Hammerstein's script, Jud starts a fight with Curly. During it Jud falls or is pushed down, and someone says "he fell on his own knife". I haven't seen the current production since it hasn't yet come to my area, but as mentioned above, apparently that line has been removed in this revision of the show. In the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" upon which the musical was based, there's a whole page of dialog about how Jud (called Jeeter in the play) falls on his own knife, during a fight that he started by trying to burn Laurey and Curly to death by setting a hay stack they're sitting on top of on fire. (as also happens in the film version of the musical).

So - The creators of both the original play and the musical specifically wanted the action to be that Jud's death was an accident that happened because of his own actions, thereby making it somewhat justifiable that the people of the community were willing to so quickly find that Curly was innocent of killing Jud. The difference between that and how It seems the incident is portrayed in this revised version of the script creates a big change from the intent of the writers who created both the musical and the play the musical was based on.

As I've said above, I haven't been able to see this new production and it seems to me that some dimensions of it are both interesting and appropriate, like the new orchestrations, singing styles, and down-to-earth look of the costumes and setting. But changing this important plot point and apparently changing the tone of the show's ending moments seems presumptuous, unfair and disrespectful to its original creators.
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