Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd


Judy Collins brings “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim” to OKC

Photo courtesy of Brad Trent

Christmas is upon us!  As usual, the eight-ball is directly facing down this household.  As usual, I’m behind it. There are stockings left to hang, hot chocolate needing marshmallows, and a tree that’s barely trimmed. Of course, last week when everything was still under control, the flu came to visit and nobody did a thing.  Most of all, there is the pressure to find the perfect gifts! And me? What do I want for Christmas? I’d be happy with a new toothbrush right now!

…..Eureka!  I have it.  I know… Continue reading

“A Territorial Christmas Carol” is Indeed A Traditional Treasure!!!

In the past thirty years folks living in this region of been enchanted by “A Territorial Christmas Carol” at the Pollard Theatre.  This show opens on the Friday after Thanksgiving and this year that will be November 24, 2017.  The show continues on through December 23, 2017 and it certainly is a nice way to create the true spirit of Christmas.  For nearly twenty of these memorable years the part of Ebenezer Scrooge is played by James Ong, a master in his craft.  This year will be Ong’s final year as Scrooge, and while 2018 may… Continue reading

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Shaping up with Style at The Pollard

Matthew Alvin Brown as Hedwig (foreground) with Renee Anderson as Yitzhak (seated)

John Mitchell Cameron’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” could be considered a rather controversial choice for the Pollard Theatre, however, it is an important choice as it acknowledges the alternative culture growing in America today.  Hedwig’s lyrics and music were originally written by Stephen Trask, with Cameron doing the book.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” first premiered off Broadway in 1998 and received the Obie Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.  Since then it has drawn large audiences at every performance of the show for exceptional music… Continue reading

CityRep Announces:

Below is a letter from Don Jordan regarding the unfortunate news.

Here at okartsceneandhurd, we would like to extend our appreciation of Hal Holbrook and his continued ability to perform in film and television.  While we are going to miss Hal Holbrook’s performance, we are certainly looking forward to CityRep’s next offering of outstanding performances!

Good morning friends,

Donald Jordan here. I wanted to personally share a letter I received yesterday late in the afternoon from Hal Holbrook.  

As you know, Hal was scheduled to start his fall tour with an appearance as MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!… Continue reading

CityRep Premieres Julie Johnson taking us on “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”

Julie Johnson, Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline, (Virginia Patterson Hensley) was born September 8, 1932 and in the short 30 years she had upon this earth she made an important mark, through a significant sound.  A sound that tears at your heart as Patsy sings of grief and mourning and a beautiful tone as she sings of hope and morning.  It’s quite a legacy to leave with her rich contralto voice occasionally moderating into a sweet soprano and a twang that made her a country singing star. The twang is not just country; it is the universal sound of… Continue reading

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Laughter Backstage at the Pollard Theatre

Written by Clayton J. Blair, cast member

Cast of Pollard’s
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor”

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is a story based on what it was like working on “Your Show of Shows”, with Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and many others who became influential television/stage comedic writers/performers, while also portraying the reality of “show business”.  Now, personally, this cast has touched my heart.  August marks 20 years for me to be collaborating with artists such as Timothy Stewart (Max), and James Hughes (Val).  Both are current Company members, having collaborated 20+ years at… Continue reading

CityRep Bringing Fun and Fantasy to OKC in June

Charlie Ross Performs “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy”

Almost 40 years ago, we stood in line at the North Park Mall waiting for ‘Star Wars’ first night opening in Oklahoma City.   It was a long line, but starry-eyed, the sweetie with the tickets led on and we waited for Bob to show up.  (Bob was often late, but always there, so clearly he would show, just before the doors opened) There has always been and will always be a special place in the hearts of those baby boomers seeing the first 3 episodes released…Episodes 4, 5 and 6… Continue reading