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Driving Force: The Pollard Opens Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams and Al Bostick rehearse for The Pollard’s Driving Miss Daisy.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie opens their highly anticipated Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy. Featuring a legendary cast, Driving Miss Daisy is directed by Pollard artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson. Brenda Williams and Albert Bostick are reprising their roles as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, with company member James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthan. The 1987 play by Alfred Uhry won a Pulitzer Prize before becoming an Oscar-winning movie in 1989, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. It later enjoyed success with a revival on… Continue reading

Taking Her Shot: UCO Alum Erin Clemons Returns to OKC with Hamilton Tour

 

Erin Clemons stars as Eliza Hamilton in the Philip Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. Photo by Miguel Herrera.

Nothing is more abuzz in Oklahoma City right now than the national tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. Promised by OKC Broadway and the Civic Center way back in January 2017, Hamilton finally landed in OKC July 30th and runs 8 shows a week until August 18th. Hamilton is a modern-music telling of one of America’s long unsung founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. As described, the story “of America then, by America now”, is a spectacle of dance, singing,… Continue reading

Pollard Theatre Kicks off Season 33 with Benefit Concert

 

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Billy Bob Bovine and the Embryo Transfer performs for one night only, July 20th at the Pollard Theatre.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie is planning an exciting event! Billy Bob Bovine and the Embryo Transfer is a legendary local band and they’re bringing their tunes to the Pollard stage for one night only. Saturday, July 20th is the night, and all proceeds go towards the Pollard Theatre’s annual fundraiser. This concert event is a great opportunity to head out on the town, enjoy some great music, and support the arts. The Pollard Theatre has been bringing beautiful, inspiring… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre Stages Epic Musical Titanic

 

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Ian Marcontell as Frederick Barrett, Jessica Anne Martens as Kate Murphy, Barbara Fox DeMaio as Ida Straus, Jeffrey Ambrosini as Captain E.J. Smith and Charlie Monnot as Harold Bride. Photo by K Talley Photography.

The final show in Lyric Theatre’s blast from the past summer series is the disaster tale Titanic. Though not the same plot as the Oscar-sweeping blockbuster movie, the stage version debuted the same year on Broadway, and enjoyed comparable success at the Tony’s in 1997. This story is a musical, and the Lyric is making sure to pack every inch of the Civic Center… Continue reading

Sellin’ the Papes with Lyric’s Newsies

 

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From left, Jonathan Flores, Sean Watkinson, Jake Young, Phillip Giandiletti. photo by K. Talley Photography.

The Summer at the Civic rolls on! Fresh off their magical series opener Singin’ In the Rain, The Lyric is set to make headlines again, this time with Disney’s beloved musical Newsies. The stage version of Newsies is based on the movie, which starred a young Christian Bale, and the real-life newsboys strike in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Newsies follows a group of newsboys, that is, the child workers who sold papers for pennies on street… Continue reading

The Lyric’s Summer Series Returns with Singin’ In the Rain!

 

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From left, Jeremy Benton as Don Lockwood, Tatum Grace Ludlam as Kathy Selden and Richard Riaz Yoder as Cosmo Brown in Lyric Theatre’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. Photos courtesy Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

It’s here again!! The Summer at the Civic Series is the most exciting theatre event of the year. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma presents a series of three fabulous, fully produced musicals in six weeks on the Civic Center Thelma Gaylord Stage. It’s a spectacular, blink-and-you-miss-it thrill ride and it’s starting soon!! This year, Summer at the Civic opens with the American classic Singin’… Continue reading

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The OK Art Scene and Hurd Team!

The OK Art Scene and Hurd Team!

We are growing here at Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd!! We have a 3-person team covering OKC theatre reviews and features. Theatre is a passion for all of us! You’ll see us in the lobby and sitting among you during your favorite plays and musicals, so we wanted to take an opportunity to introduce ourselves!

 

Elizabeth Hurd: Our founder and publisher, Elizabeth Hurd has been acting and writing for Oklahoma City theatre for over thirty years. Elizabeth is a true legend in OKC! 

INCOMING! The Pollard Prepares for Disaster!

 

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L to R: James A. Hughes, Kara Chapman, Erin Heatly, and Charlie Monnot rehearse for The Pollard’s Disaster! Photo by Jared Blount.

Downtown Guthrie this June is looking to be quite troubling. The Pollard Theatre’s upcoming production of Disaster!, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, pays tribute to the great music and stylized catastrophe movies of the 1970s. It includes a large cast full of comedic greats in the local theatre scene, and features some of the best music money can buy. Two of the production’s stars, Emily Pace and Matthew Alvin Brown, sat down with me… Continue reading

Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” Heralds Great Summertime Theatre from Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

The Stinky Cheese Man Rejoices

Terry Veal directs “Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” at Oklahoma City Children’s Theatre where a lot of magic happens.  When it comes to entertainment that is wildly successful nothing beats children’s theatre. You can see it in the faces of the children, an audience transfixed with wonder; eyes shining.  Sometimes they squirm, sometimes they are noisy, sometimes they cry, but they are always entranced with the action on the stage.  They are the future of theatre; they are the audience of tomorrow and they love to see the live… Continue reading