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Lyric Theatre says “Hello, Dolly!” as Next in Summer Series Opens

Dee Hoty as Mrs. Dolly Levi and George Dvorsky as Horace Vandergelder in Lyric Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!
photo credit KO Rinearson

Summer is hot, and Summer at the Civic is even hotter! Rolling out three shows in a five week span, Lyric Theatre is pulling out all the stops for their second show of the series. They’re welcoming back Dee Hoty, 3-time Tony nominee and Lyric Theatre favorite, to star as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!. Hoty returns to the Lyric after her 2014 performance in A Little Night Music. Hello, Dolly! also stars George Dvorsky as Horace… Continue reading

Lyric’s Summer Series Opens with Disney’s Freaky Friday

Disney’s Freaky Friday. Artwork courtesy Lyric Theatre

Finally, summertime is here! And with it comes Lyric Theatre’s much anticipated summer series at Civic Center Music Hall. First in the lineup is Disney’s Freaky Friday, a fun and hilarious family musical about a mysterious mother-daughter mix-up. Lyric’s Artistic Director Michael Baron directs this regional premiere, and he says “Freaky Friday is a modern, upbeat musical comedy that is truly funny with an awesome, new pop-musical score.”

Freaky Friday stars Jennifer Teel and Celeste Rose as Katherine and Ellie Blake, the duo who switch bodies in an exciting twist… Continue reading

Always… Patsy Cline is Back by Popular Demand at the Pollard

Kara Chapman as Patsy Cline in Always… Patsy Cline

One of the nation’s most produced musicals is back this summer at the Pollard Theatre. Always… Patsy Cline is the true story of one of America’s most treasured musical icons and celebrates the beauty of unlikely friendship. The Pollard is closing out their excellent 31st season with this popular show, running June 8th – 30th in Guthrie. The Pollard is welcoming back Kara Chapman and Jodi Nestander to reprise the roles of the legendary songstress Patsy and her pen-pal turned best friend Louise. This production, returning by… Continue reading

Award Winning Director of The Pollard Presents The Little Mermaid, a Re-Imagined Classic

…..by Adrienne Proctor with Elizabeth Hurd

W. Jerome Stevenson Photo courtesy NewsOK Archives

The Governor’s Arts Awards is one of the prestigious awards given to individuals for their service to the community in arts.  For many years W. Jerome Stevenson has been leading the Pollard Theatre with incredible and diverse talent, down to earth practicality and profound integrity. Stevenson has been honored with the Community Service Award this year. Stevenson wears many hats, and the hat tree that can actually hold the number of hats he wears has not yet been designed.  He requires an entire coat… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre Presents the Inspiring, Tony Award winner “Fun Home”

…by Adrienne Proctor

Lyn Cramer as Alison \ Lyric’s “Fun Home” Photo by KO Rinearson

More than just a night out of the house, an evening at the theatre is one of the most powerful forms of escapism there is. Fun, dazzling, and inspiring, musical theatre can sometimes be so moving and ground-breaking that it becomes more than just entertainment. Lyric Theatre is offering that level of inspiration with their latest production, the regional debut of Fun Home.

A story of coming out, learning about yourself, and facing your own past, the five-time Tony Award winning Fun Home is… Continue reading

Congratulations To Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed!

Jonathan Beck Reed (in pink)
Donald Jordan (in baby blue)
Photo courtesy of MUTZ Photography

March 17 has been declared Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed Day by Governor Mary Fallin.  Wow, what an opening night for “Greater Tuna” this Saturday.

“Greater Tuna” the brilliant two man show with too many parts to count has been fascinating audiences and filling them with laughter since 1981. Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard wrote the hit comedy and Sears and Williams have toured it frequently over the years.

Another two actors, cast in the show in 1985, were intrigued… Continue reading

Yes Siree Bob, It’s Here, It’s Here, It’s Here “Greater Tuna” at CityRep!

Jonathan Beck Reed (seated) and Donald Jordan standing in “Greater Tuna”  Photo, Courtesy of Mutz Photography

 “Greater Tuna” the brilliant two man show with too many parts to count has been fascinating audiences and filling them with laughter since 1981. Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard wrote the hit comedy and Sears and Williams have toured it frequently over the years.

Another two actors, cast in the show in 1985, were intrigued with their parts and dreamed of doing the roles again and fantasized doing it together.  Donald Jordan, Founding Artistic Director of CityRep and… Continue reading

Judy Collins Dazzles Audience at OCCC

Photo Courtesy of Brad Trent

Judy Collins conquered Oklahoma City last night.  She came to OCCC to perform at the invitation of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) and gave us a magnificent concert.  Concentrating on the great songs from Sondheim’s wonderful repertoire Judy Collins is magnificent.  Collins has had a long career in folk music, including folk/rock, folk/country and folk/everything. 

She began her musical life as a piano prodigy and as a teenager was seduced by the beautiful folk ballads she heard.  Later, living in New York City she stood at the beginning of… Continue reading

Junie B.Jones: Lyric Theatre’s Musical for All Ages

by Adrienne Proctor

Kristin Küns as Junie B. Jones Photo Courtesy of KO Rinearson

Have you ever wanted to go back to First Grade? Well now you can! Thanks to Junie B. Jones, Lyric Theatre’s latest production in their Theatre for Young Audiences series, kids of all ages can experience first grade all over again. Based on the popular children’s book series, Junie B. Jones runs for three weeks at Lyric’s Plaza location and boasts all day-time performances.

This fun-loving show stars an invigorating young cast, many of whom play multiple roles. Kristin Küns stars as youngster Junie B.… Continue reading

CityRep Presents

           Judy Collins

 A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim

 

Photo courtesy of Brad Trent

A generation or so ago the folk songs began to come back.  They had never left, they were simply incognito for a time, but the resurgence made them young again.  The young folk singing them again and writing them never grew old or any wiser but they gave us anthems that anchored us.  Such a singer/songwriter is Judy Collins, questioning, learning, teaching, singing, writing and sharing.  On March 9, she will be here again… Continue reading