OKLAHOMA!

Forbes: Reimagining The Music Of 'Oklahoma!'

The New York Times: A Smashing ‘Oklahoma!’ Is Reborn in the Land of Id

Playbill: Stripping Down Oklahoma! With a Brand New Sound for the Broadway Revival

Vulture: Finding the Brightness (and Badonkadonk) Amid the Menace: Re-Reviewing the Dark New Oklahoma!

Vulture: Theater Review: An Oklahoma! Where the Storm Clouds Loom Above the Plain

Times Square Chronicles: Meet Daniel Kluger Outer Critic Winner and Tony Nominee for his Arrangements and Orchestrations the Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA!

Awards Daily: Tony Awards: Daniel Kluger On Orchestrating ‘Oklahoma’ For 2019

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Hollywood Reporter: 'Oklahoma!': Theater Review

Billboard on Broadway Podcast: Why Broadway's Reinvented 'Oklahoma!' Rocks

A seven-member hootenanny-style band sits in plain view. The well-known melodies they play have been reimagined — by the brilliant orchestrator and arranger Daniel Kluger — with the vernacular throb and straightforwardness of country and western ballads.

-Ben Brantley / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Daniel Kluger’s orchestrations are the production’s exposed heart...in the show’s athletic, psychological take on Oklahoma!’s dream ballet — a whining, crunching electric guitar almost blowing out its amp — all the production’s instruments speak of America.

-Sara Holdren / VULTURE

The extraordinary seven-piece band — led by Nathan Koci and using driving, stripped down, almost folk-rocky orchestrations by Daniel Kluger — lets loose as the characters all sing from exactly where they’re at, their crescendos and hollers reverberating with wild, troubled nuance. It’s as if the performers have been told: You don’t have to like this patriotic song, but you have to sing it, and you have to sing it loud. Some actors sing with celebration, some with blank intensity, some with irony, some with rage, some with terror. It’s a mad rush, and it feels like America.

-Sara Holdren / VULTURE

Kluger has ingeniously reworked Richard Rodgers' lush melodies for the kind of instruments that might have been played in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma — mandolin, banjo, double bass, fiddle, accordion — and added pedal steel guitar to enhance the flavors of country, folk and bluegrass that transform the familiar songs. The vocal arrangements are equally evocative, feeding directly into the actors' fine-grained character work.

-David Rooney / HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

With the score making an abrupt shift in style to something like the electric squall of Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner,” Oklahoma! rings out with a nod to the sublime, violent beauty Hendrix found in our national anthem. Is it so surprising Fish finds it on the plains?

-Greg Evans / DEADLINE


BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK

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Special credit goes to Katherine Freer, who produced the fake film clip from “The Belle of New Orleans,” and Daniel Kluger, who scored it so convincingly that you’ll swear it came out of a Hollywood vault.

-Terry Teachout / WALL STREET JOURNAL

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT

Theatermania: Describe the Night


Sardelli delivers an arresting production that often makes us feel like we're in a Russian theater: Her use of music (haunting original work by Daniel Kluger) is reminiscent of the Vakhtangov under Rimas Tuminas, while her strategic employment of jaw-dropping stage pictures conjures the work of Dmitry Krymov.




MAN FROM NEBRASKA

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Daniel Kluger builds a soundscape of white noise that occupies the void left by Ken and Nancy's silence. It occasionally underlines the absurdity of their comfortable middle-class lifestyle, one that is nearly unprecedented in the history of human existence…

-Zachary Stewart / THEATERMANIA




TRIBES

Time Out: Tribes: Deafness gets a nuanced hearing in Nina Raine’s rich and rewarding family drama

The New York Times: World of Silence and Not Listening

The role of Daniel Kluger’s carefully thought-through sound design is crucial.

-Ben Brantley / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Short reviews seldom permit mention of sound design, but no discussion of Tribes would be complete without a nod to Daniel Kluger's exquisite aural landscape.

-Adam Feldman / TIME OUT