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Artist Spotlight: Kat Metcalfe

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Kat Metcalfe stars as Magenta/Usherette in Lyric Theatre’s Rocky Horror Show. Photo by Taylor Paulson.

October is beginning to look a lot like the holiday season warm-up. It’s busier than ever, especially for theatre. Artists, technicians, and reviewers alike are running crazy trying to get everything covered. This writer is LIVING for the tight schedule, just focusing on one musical, and one pumpkin spice latte, at a time.

One of those theatre artists, Kat Metcalfe, understands the hustle all too well. She’s currently in a hit run of The Rocky Horror Show at Lyric Theatre as Magenta/Usherette. The… Continue reading

The Pollard Resurrects Evil Dead

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Wil Rogers and Megan Montgomery in The Pollard’s Evil Dead: The Musical.

Five years after its original run, The Pollard Theatre company is bringing back one of their most popular shows to date. Evil Dead: The Musical returns in a new Halloween tradition for The Pollard, complete with their wildly popular Splatter Zone. It’s just as crazy and messy as it sounds. No one is safe from splattering, albeit theatrical, blood in the Splatter Zone. Those on the outskirts, in the buffer zone and regular seats, are somewhat safer, but no guarantees. Regardless of where you sit or how… Continue reading

Theatre Fringe offers a Festival Style Experience for Patrons

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Brad McEntire in Theatre Crude Fringe Festival’s Cyrano A Go-Go. Photo by Audacity Theatre Lab.

If one thing is certain about popular culture today, it’s that festivals are IN. From the famed Coachella in California, to Austin’s South by Southwest, Chicago’s Lollapalooza, and even the infamous Event That Never Was, Fyre Festival- festivals offer a one-stop for music and concert fans around the country. They certainly draw crowds. Lollapalooza rakes in an additional 500,000 people in Chicago in one weekend in August. Coachella expects 100,000 people a day during its 6-day run. And why not, it’s the best way… Continue reading

The Lyric Depicts Real Life Drama with Premiere of Frost/Nixon

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Matthew Alvin Brown (L) stars as David Frost and D. Lance Marsh as Richard Nixon in Lyric’s production of Frost/Nixon.

The Lyric is back at their Plaza District Theatre with the explosive Frost/Nixon. The 2006 play by Peter Morgan depicts a real-life, televised interview that occurred between two disgraced public figures. In 1977, David Frost landed an interview with the recently resigned President Richard Nixon. All eyes were on the two men as they both tried to resurrect their fallen careers. The play was turned into a movie in 2008 by Ron Howard and starred the original actors,… Continue reading

CityRep Provokes Thought and Communication with Every Brilliant Thing

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From Left: Jon Haque, Director Linda Kay Leonard, CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan. Photo by Mutz Photography.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) uses their stage to provide thought-provoking, moving theatre as well as community outreach through art. This is a unique dynamic that Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan prides himself on most. Says Jordan, “CityRep has a history of story offerings that are a part of our service. We’ve previously done the shows Next To Normal, Night Mother, The Laramie Project, and The Normal Heart.” In that same vein is the season opener Every… 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,… 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

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