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re: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL
Posted by: singleticket 12:48 pm EST 01/20/22
In reply to: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO (HUGE SPOILERS) -- DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS REVIVAL - BroadwayTonyJ 02:10 pm EST 01/19/22

In Hammerstein's original text (and stage directions), the legal proceedings against Curly are not really a kangaroo court since Jud Fry's death is an open-and-shut case of self-defense, witnessed by the entire group at the shivaree/hazing...

I would disagree, even Nunn's production reinforced the extra-judicial quality of the ending. The case is not tried in court but in a community that never liked Jud Fry to begin with. It's a very ambiguous moment and one that can be played in a spectrum of ways.
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