I just watched the Trevor Nunn stage production of Oklahoma! (the one with Hugh Jackman which I think was on Broadway about 10 years ago) on DVD. For the second time this week.
A couple thoughts:
1) Something that long and complex would never make it to Broadway today unless it were some arty Tom Stoppard thing.
2) Popular family entertainment used to be much more adult than it is now. Oklahoma! is steeped in sex and politics and history. Not to mention the fact that it is art of a very high caliber, the highest. Now we have Shrek.
3)Whoever that woman is who played Laurie took my breath away. More than once.