Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Managing Director: Adrienne Proctor / Editor: Jillian Pritchard Ball

2019

The Lyric Makes Headlines with Newsies

 

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Mattie Joyner and Sean Watkinson in Newsies. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

The Lyric’s Summer at the Civic series is unstoppable! The second of 3 large-scale musicals this season is the galvanizing Disney classic Newsies. Based on the newsboy strike of 1899 in New York City, Newsies follows Jack Kelly and his band of Manhattan-based newspaper peddlers. When the villainous Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices he charges his newsboys and girls (fondly called Girlsies), the paper-pushers unionize and strike. With the help of a young journalist, and their colorful outlook, the Newsies inspire and delight, and… 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… Continue reading

Another Dynamic Presentation from Lyric Theatre with “Newsies”

 

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The cast of Disney’s “Newsies” Photo Courtesy of K. Talley Photography

Lyric Theatre is a tremendous asset to Oklahoma City, bringing excellent theatre to Oklahoman’s gaining recognition on a national level.  Their summer productions at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall are always thrilling, staged with magic, glitz and genius level talent.  Another example of excellence from Artistic Director, Michael Baron can be seen in the latest production “Newsies” directed by Ashley Wells opening July 9 and running through July 14, 2019. 

“Newsies” is loosely based on the notorious newsboy strikes taking place in… Continue reading

Carpenter Square’s “Clever Little Lies” Abounds with Clever Humor

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A visit to the parents turns into an uproar when son Billy’s phone keeps ringing in the new comedy “Clever Little Lies.” Pictured left to right are Chris Crane, Katy Hayes, Mary Sue Backus, and Pat Meirick. Joe DiPietro’s fast-paced play about marriage and all its ups and downs plays June 28-July 20 at Carpenter Square Theatre.

Joe DiPietro is an award winning playwright as well as a favorite for Carpenter Square audiences.  His imaginative “Clever Little Lies” is just as funny as it is clever; slightly shocking, simple but thought-provoking and hilarious all at the same time.… 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… Continue reading

“Singin’ in the Rain” is a Splashing Smash Hit for Lyric

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Richard Riaz Yoder (left) Tatum Grace Ludlam (cente)r and Jeremy Benton (right) from “Singin’ in the Rain” Photo courtesy of K. Talley Photography

“Singin’ in the Rain” Lyric’s summer season opener is even better than remembered—surprising to Oklahoman’s after the rain endured this spring!  But delightful, refreshing and wonderful with a great cast, “Singin’ in the Rain” is a real crowd pleasure.  Lyric never disappoints with the massive Cecil B. DeMille level of musical extravaganzas, the quality of vocals and acting as well as dancing is always superb, but “Singin’ in the Rain” has something a little… 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… Continue reading

“Disaster!” Unmitigated Success at the Pollard

Charlie Monnot and Kara Chapman “Disaster!” Photo courtesy of James Michael Avance

The Pollard ends this season with a bang! “Disaster!” is an incredibly funny show; music, song and hilarity in a single package directed as well as choreographed by genius Matthew Sipress Banks.  Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, with creator Drew Geraci, wrote this spoof on popular catastrophe films, gathering a stellar cast singing with flair and dancing like Fred Astaire—with a perfect grasp of comedic timing creating high-spirited merriment.

Banks cast is incredible, and each member, whether ensemble or main character has a wonderful moment of… 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! 

The Pollard’s In for a DISASTER!

 

The cast of The Pollard’s DISASTER! Photo by James Michael Avance.

What a Disaster! The Pollard closes out their 32nd season with one wild boat ride. Inspired by the 1970s natural disaster movies and the music of the disco era, Disaster! is a funny, low-brow comedy romp for (almost) all ages. The casino cruise ship where the chaos plays out rocks with hits of the 70s. Soon it rumbles and shakes as an earthquake wreaks havoc and sets off a cascade of impending doom. Killer tides, infernos, gas leaks, rats and sharks all threaten the evening and… Continue reading