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Lyric Theatre Stages World Premiere Musical When We’re Gone

 

Kat Metcalfe as Rosie and John Furey as Todd in Lyric Theatre’s world premiere production When We’re Gone. Photo by KO Rinearson.

Lyric Theatre of OKC has a history of unique story offerings. Their New Works Initiative has brought the world premieres of Triangle (2014), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (2015) and Mann… And Wife (2016). The tradition continues with their final show of the 2018 season, When We’re Gone. The Lyric is debuting this show, a new rock musical with an old twist. Set in 1349, in the (quite literally) plagued city of London, When We’re Gone… Continue reading

VZD’s Presents SAINT MONROE and LOCUST GROVE

Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd was created as a vehicle to ‘criticize’ art for the benefit of the public.  With a background in theatre that’s where we began.  We have always intended to branch out into the arts. Will Hurd is one of the better known Southwest Colorists in the nation, and I have yet to ‘review’ his art although working as his agent for 40 years I am certainly qualified to do so, and I intend to cover his next opening.  But that’s nepotism!!!  That’s right.  But it’s my blog!  … Continue reading

A Departure, A New Beginning for The Pollard’s Season 32

Brenda Williams as the titular sovereign in An Act of God. Photo courtesy Pollard Theatre.

Season 32 marks a unique time in the Pollard Theatre Company’s history. For the first time in over 25 years, The Pollard will feature a different Christmas play this season, a temporary departure from their venerated Territorial Christmas Carol. The loss of company member turned famed Scrooge, James Ong, has shifted the mindset of this remarkable company. While they do intend to bring the show back to the Pollard stage, the hiatus this season will give the company time to redirect. According to… Continue reading

Lyric’s Fabulous Summer Series Concludes with Mamma Mia!

Lyric Theatre presents Mamma Mia!
Silhouette of Rosie, Donna, and Tanya
Photo by KO Rinearson

What a whirlwind! Lyric Theatre has given us a wonderful Summer at the Civic series, and this memorable season is closing out with another hit. Mamma Mia opens July 24th and runs until the 29th. Mamma Mia is a crowd-pleaser that features the legendary music of disco-pop band Abba. Lyric’s production of this fun show is directed and choreographed by Lyn Cramer. Of the show, Cramer says “Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good tale of love conquering all. A celebration of love, laughter,… Continue reading

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