Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

2018

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

Oklahoma City University Presents an Excellent “Julius Cæsar”

Oklahoma City University is presenting “Julius Caesar” a historical tragedy by William Shakespeare.  This production has been adapted by D. Lance Marsh, who directs “Julius Caesar” with a student cast of exceptional actors.  “Julius Caesar” is different in many ways from typical Shakespeare as it lacks the contrived confusion we have come to know in his romances and comedies. The language is pure Shakespeare, of course, but very crisp and the action is quite straightforward. “Julius Caesar” is the most often quoted of Shakespearean plays, as it is so full of excellent ‘sound bytes’ that can be… Continue reading

Carpenter Square presents “Slasher” with a Dull Edge

Peter Fischaber as Marc Hunter directs a murderous scene in ‘Bloodbath’ with Jessica Biel as Sheena (last girl) being threated by Matthew Moreillon as Jodi Joshi.

“Slasher” is a hilariously camp spoof of popular slasher movies now turned to theatre. A young waitress in Austin, Texas, Sheena McKinney, is savvy—and her chance meeting with a movie director is the opportunity of her lifetime. Her mother, Frances, is disabled, bound to her wheelchair. She is also quite mad—a combination of insanity and raging feminism boil within her. The younger sister, Hildy, is just trying to pass chemistry. Sheena is offered… 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

Glorious Ghosting from the Pollard Theatre with “Ghost the Musical”

Emily Pace as Molly and Seth Paden as Sam in “Ghost” Photo Courtesy of the Pollard Theatre

Now it is told musically! A story of love eternal and the bonds that death may never break.  A yarn of heroism and defeating corruption; an adventure filled with suspense.  A tale of friendship devastatingly false—yet withal a new friendship profoundly loyal.  “Ghost the Musical” is the latest hit from the Pollard Theatre in downtown Guthrie, thrilling audiences through October 27, 2018. “Ghost the Musical” is adapted by writer Bruce Joel Rubin from his hit movie “Ghost.”  Music… Continue reading

“Wait Until Dark” A Near Miss with Great Possibilities

Christine Lanning and David Fletcher-Hall in Wait Until Dark. Photo courtesy of James Beckel

“Wait Until Dark” is a frightening suspense thriller written by Frederick Knott, first performed in 1966.  Knott is noted for his rather convoluted mysteries designed to terrify and confuse.  “Wait Until Dark” tells of a young blind woman who becomes trapped in her apartment and besieged by nefarious forces.   The woman is Susy Hendrix and she’s married to a traveling photographer, Sam.  Susy has adapted well to her blindness getting about with ease, and her husband is careful to see… 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