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re: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 01:46 pm EST 01/20/22
In reply to: re: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL - singleticket 12:48 pm EST 01/20/22

A kangaroo court is a deliberate miscarriage of justice. In Hammerstein's book, the struggle between Curly and Jud is witnessed by the community. It's an open-and-shut case of not guilty on the grounds of self-defense. Everyone present agrees. There is no ambiguity at all. It's unconventional and certainly expedient that the trial takes place at the Eller and Williams farm, but no one is perpetrating a miscarriage of justice. Examples of a kangaroo court can be found in classic films like Destry Rides Again, The Westerner, The Sea of Grass, and others but not in Oklahoma!.

In the Fish version, Curly murders Fry and this is witnessed by all present. Nevertheless, Carnes coaches Curly to commit perjury. Then together with Eller proclaims him not guilty -- that is the definition of a kangaroo court. In Tuesday's performance, at least two members of the community (Cord Elam and Mike) are obviously disturbed by this decision, which is a miscarriage of justice.

For several years now, individuals connected to the production have been declaring that not a word of Hammerstein's text was changed. As far as I know, however, I don't believe Fish has ever said that. Nevertheless, that is a complete and utter falsehood. The problem is when a lie is repeated often enough, people begin to believe it.
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