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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 OK Art Scene and Hurd Special Correspondent 

“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… 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

No Trouble: “The Music Man in Concert” is a Jewel-and that Rhymes with Pool!

Ember Reed (center) surrounding by River City Children. Photo courtesy of Wendy Mutz Photography

Tonight a musical extravaganza opens with the collaboration of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Oklahoma City Community College presenting “The Music Man in Concert” honoring 60 years of joy from the original musical by Meredith Willson. Joining CityRep and OCCC are a number of partners such as the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir, Classen School of Advanced Studies, and Junior and Teen Race Dance Company.  The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), The University of Oklahoma (OU) and Painted Sky Opera, Dance Unlimited/Spotlight Acting Academy and Oklahoma… Continue reading

Spooky, Sexy and Sultry- The Pollard Premieres Ghost: The Musical

Emily Pace as Molly and Seth Paden as Sam in The Pollard’s Ghost: The Musical.

Storytelling is what The Pollard Theatre does best. Never capitalizing on glitz and spectacle, Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson and his company choose time and time again to focus on the beautiful stories that unfold on their stage. What results is heartfelt performances that inspire and move audiences, minus unnecessary flash or distraction. Located in gorgeous historic Guthrie, The Pollard is a place to experience down to earth, honest and real storytelling. The Pollard is staying true to that core belief with their new… Continue reading

CityRep and OCCC Thrilling Audiences with 60th Anniversary “The Music Man in Concert”

Jonathan Beck Reed (Harold Hill) tempting the children of River City into joining the band. Photo coutesy of Wendy Mutz Photography

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) under powerfully creative Artistic Director Donald Jordan, in cooperation with Oklahoma City Community College is bringing an exciting program of Public Works to Oklahoma City.  An extravaganza that pools many of the wonderful performing arts organizations and talented stars is the result.  This extravaganza is in honor of the 60th anniversary of “The Music Man” and is titled “The Music Man in Concert” which will play at the… Continue reading

Tyler Woods Fascinates and Astounds as King Richard III!

Tyler Woods as Richard III woos Alexis Pudvan as Lady Anne in “The Tragedy of King Richard III” Photo courtesy of OSP

“The Tragedy of King Richard III” was likely written in 1593, a decade and a century after the last Plantagenet lost his throne.  Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park tells the fascinating story as Shakespeare intended brilliantly with Tyler Woods skillfully creating the wicked sociopath.  Richard was craven, but not cowardly, and in the convoluted turn his manipulations, machinations and scheming take, we find the evil wicked uncle brought to life.  In Richard, Shakespeare created… Continue reading

Carpenter Square’s Season 35 Excites with “The Gorges Motel”

Pictured left to right are: David Burkhart, DiAnn McDown, Mariah Warren, Vikki Simer, Karen Garlitz, Angela Lux, and Cam Taylor in ‘Missing, Part 3’

In 1921, Luigi Pirandello wrote “Six Characters in Search of an Author” a comedic one act, receiving critical acclaim.   Nearly 100 years later in 2017, six authors in search of structure plotted to create a comedy of nine vignettes titled “The Gorges Motel” a popular new comedy.  

 

“The Gorges Motel” opens Carpenter Square’s 35th season with light comedy from the six authors. The setting for “The Gorges Motel” is… Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at OSP’s Richard III

                                                                                                                                                             by Kae Koger*

L to R: Alexis Ward as Queen Margaret, Alyssa Fantel as Queen Elizabeth, Tyler Woods as… Continue reading