Through Sunday, April 11. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $16-$20. Theater Emory, 605 Asbury Circle (Dobbs University Center on the Emory campus). 404-727-5050, www.theater.emory.edu.
Bottom line: OK.
By Bert Osborne
Back in 1943, “Oklahoma!” represented a musical theater landmark. Besides beginning a phenomenal collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II (”The King and I, ” “The Sound of Music”), it was among the first musicals to abandon the traditional “revue” format — using songs and dance to further an actual story line, to embellish the thoughts and feelings of characters.
In 2010, it’s easy to overlook the show’s revolutionary reputation. There have been countless “book” musicals in the decades since “Oklahoma!” paved the way, so a lot of its uniqueness has worn off.