The new Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” could be compared to a surrey with a little too much fringe on top, to swipe the nearest metaphor. It may get you where you want to go, but you might not be able to enjoy the trip as much as you’d hoped to because you’re too busy taking note of all them gaudy bells and whistles.
Presented in the fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo (after originating at Bard College), the show was an instant sellout that had critics throwing their proverbial Stetsons in the air. The production, directed by Daniel Fish, has now transferred to the Circle in the Square Theatre with most of its cast — and all of its fashionable downtown-theater tropes — intact. I’m afraid my proverbial Stetson remained in my lap throughout, even when I was often happily tapping my toes.