"Three and a half stars
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre; directed & choreographed by Marc Robin
The well-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! is receiving a solid performance at Beef & Boards. And while there is nothing experimental or edgy about the B&B production, it is an homage to musical theater of the show’s time, with actors whole-heartedly singing and dancing their way throughout. Curt Dale Clark as Curly, the show’s main man, has a fine voice and turns in a pleasant performance. His is the well-known song “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’.” His gal, Laurey, played by Amalie Larsen, is a spunky match. Oklahoma! is pivotal for Doug King, who plays Will Parker: It marks 20 years at B&B for him. King debuted in this show, playing the same role. He creates a Will that is part naïve, part goofball, but sweet and fun throughout. But the best musical numbers come from Jayson Elliott as Jud Fry. He exhibits a rich voice that is so beautiful, so elegant it doesn’t need the reverb the soundboard adds. Through Nov. 18; 317-872-9664.