Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Adrienne Proctor

The Rokademy Experiment Destroys XMAS: with LOVE

The Rokademy Experiment Destroys XMAS: with LOVE. Photo courtesy Matthew Alvin Brown.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s so wonderful, sometimes you just can’t stand it. By mid-December, even the jolliest of holiday elves needs a little break. You may even be tempted to turn off the Christmas shopping radio commercials, roll up the windows to block out the wintry Oklahoma wind, and blast some not-so holy night rock ‘n roll power tunes. But, there’s an even better option for the steering wheel singer in us all! Just in time for a temporary reprieve from caroling… Continue reading

OU University Theatre and Helmerich School of Drama present A Christmas Carol

OU University Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.

The quintessential Christmas story about second chances, ghostly visits, and the things we can and cannot change returns to OU University Theatre. A new adaptation by director Tom Huston Orr is staged this year, and it’s rich in the history of A Christmas Carol. With poetic dialogue and moving moments for the would-be hero Ebenezer Scrooge, the audience is led into the colorful world of Victorian London and the most wonderful Christmas tale ever told.

Micah Weese is exceptional as Scrooge. Weese is at first booming and commanding, then becoming softer… Continue reading

Nostalgia and Holiday Memories Blend Beautifully in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

 

The cast of The Pollard’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Historic Guthrie at Christmas is one of the most magical experiences in Oklahoma. The Pollard Theatre is a pivotal part of the traditional Christmas celebrations, and this year they’re offering a different story from the one they’ve become famous for. After the deaths of two important artists who helped create The Territorial Christmas Story, beloved Scrooge James Ong and playwright Stephen P. Scott, the company has decided to give themselves a year-long deep breath to recoup, and redesign, their traditional Christmas staple. This… Continue reading

Have The Most Wonderful Time of Year with The Pollard’s It’s A Wonderful Life

The Cast of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. photo courtesy Pollard Theatre Company.

This Christmas season, The Pollard Theatre is offering a new take on a well-known holiday story. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the timeless 1946 movie, which starred James Stewart and Donna Reed. Joshua McGowen stars as the down and out George Bailey, with Kara Chapman starring alongside him as Mary.

Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson says that he and the company asked themselves, “What new way can we tell the story?” and decided the goal was to… Continue reading

The Lyric Continues a New Holiday Tradition with A Christmas Carol

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol. Photo by KO Rinearson.

The holiday season is soon to be upon us! This time of year, we hold onto traditions and make new memories. The timeless Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol is a subtly profound tale that’s been done by everyone from Patrick Stewart to The Muppets. Taking a seat at the table of memorable versions is Lyric Theatre of OKC in its eighth production of the show.

Also returning for the eighth production is Lyric Favorite Susan Riley. OK Art Scene and Hurd caught up with her to tell us about… Continue reading

Oklahoma University’s Wartime Drama Dogfight is Beautiful and Heartbreaking

Katja Rivera Yanko (L) and Daryl Tofa (R) as Rose and Birdlace in OU’s Dogfight. photo by Mutz Photography

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and Oklahoma University present the musical Dogfight, a beautiful and haunting story of innocence, love, and things lost. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Dogfight follows a group of young Marines on their last night of freedom before shipping off to serve their country in 1961. The 60s brought the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, the assassination of a president, and a conflict in an unknown jungle… Continue reading

All You Need is Music… and a LOT of Hairspray!

Phoebe Butts and the cast of Hairspray at Sooner Theatre. Photo credit Wendy Mutz Photography.

Hairspray is presented by Sooner Theatre and directed by Jennifer Teel. Music direction is by Mervin Tay. Hairspray is a fun little ditty of a show about the 1960s, black and white television ads, aerosol cans of styling products, and bouncy teenager Tracy Turnblad. Tracy is a devoted fan of the local teen dance television program “The Corny Collins Show”. Tracy and her best friend Penny set out to land a spot dancing in the show, and on the way discover a noble quest.… Continue reading

Rocky Horror is Back at The Boom and We’re So Glad!

 

Joshua McGowen as Frank N. Furter in The Boom’s Rocky Horror. Photo courtesy Rocky Horror cast

By Jillian Ball and Adrienne Proctor

Oh, Brad! The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Boom is an interactive crazy train that’s an absolute blast from start to finish.

Joshua McGowen is amazing as the twisted “sweet transvestite” Dr. Frank N. Furter. McGowen embodies the role with heat and attitude, making his own tweaks while staying true to the original. His makeup is gorgeous and his attitude is sharp. He has the audience enthralled from the second he appears onstage. However… Continue reading

UCO’s The Most Happy Fella Makes for a Most Happy Theatregoer

Promo photo for UCO production of “The Most Happy Fella.” Sonnet Lamb as “Rosabella” and Sean Steele as “Tony.”
Photo by Daniel Smith.

By Clayton J. Blair and Staff 

“The Most Happy Fella” is considered Loesser’s most ambitious and romantic musical. It first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and ran for 676 performances. Since then, it has enjoyed several revivals, including one staged by the New York City Opera. For a show that came out in direct competition with “My Fair Lady”, it surely should be considered one of the great operettas.

“The Most Happy Fella” is… Continue reading

The Lyric’s World Premiere Musical When We’re Gone is A Rock of Art

 

Van Hughes (John), left, and John Furey (Todd). Photo by KO Rinearson

By Elizabeth Hurd and Adrienne Proctor

Lyric Theatre is premiering When We’re Gone, a fascinating new rock musical by two up and coming writers. They are Scotty Arnold who writes the music and Alana Jacoby who created the book and lyrics. They combined three interesting elements: Punk, Pop and Plague. Essentially this is a punk-pop musical set in 1349 during the horrendous scourge we know as the Black Plague. The music is a surprisingly good fit for the emotional as well as the physical obstacles… Continue reading