|re: TB REGIONAL REVIEW: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL|
|Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 08:46 am EST 01/18/22|
|In reply to: re: TB REGIONAL REVIEW: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL - Singapore/Fling 11:53 pm EST 01/17/22|
|The line was definitely cut when I saw it on Broadway. I have the text in front of me. It is Curly who exclaims "Look -- Look at him! Fell on his own knife."
Obviously, in the Broadway production, Curly, having shot Jud dead with Jud's gun, would not then say that Jud fell on his own knife.
I agree with much (a whole lot, actually) of what you said about the production. It was strikingly designed and staged. I loved the ensemble acting, particularly Damon Daunno, James Davis, Patrick Vaill, Ali Stroker, and others. The new orchestrations were excellent. I liked the homoeroticism that was evident in the show. I disagreed with the changed ending and I did not like the ballet. However, the pluses outweighed the minuses.
I actually had no intention of seeing the Chicago production, but my partner entered the lottery yesterday morning -- AND WON! So we are going tonight. He's excited because he didn't see the Broadway revival with me.
Looking at the text carefully. I suspect that other lines were cut also since everyone who is present at this shivaree/hazing actually witnessed Curly shoot and kill Jud. I'll try to take notes and post tomorrow.
When the show first began performances, there was a thread on ATC where a certain poster (who had not seen the show) suggested that the line about Jud falling on his knife could have been spoken very softly and thus many audience members would not have heard it. However, when I saw the production, I was seated in the first row very close to the action, the line was definitely not spoken by Curly or anyone else.
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