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Lyric Theatre’s Frost/Nixon Hits Close to Home

D. Lance Marsh as President Richard Nixon and Matthew Alvin Brown as David Frost. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is based on the 1977 televised interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and the resigned and disgraced President Richard Nixon. When the Watergate scandal happened, the country became divided. The president resigned and was immediately pardoned, leaving the American people with none of the answers or justice they deserved. Americans lost faith in the political system. They became hardened by the idea that the very office they held in highest regard was nothing but a corrupt… 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

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

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

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

Lyric Academy’s Honk, jr. is a Honk of a Great Time!

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The cast of Honk, jr. Photo courtesy Rozz Grigsby.

Honk, jr. is a lovely adaptation of The Ugly Duckling, and the Thelma Gaylord Academy presents it with Spring in their step. Featuring a cast made up of the Academy’s 7-14 year olds, these students tell the sweet tale of Ugly, a baby chick who just doesn’t quite belong with his duckling siblings. After being unfortunately separated, Ugly sets off to find his family, and meets some wonderful friends along the way.

The delightful cast is a large ensemble, and they’re ever present and professional. Hanna Andreassen… Continue reading

Urinetown is The Place to Be!

 

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Urinetown: The Musical. Photo courtesy Nicholas Bartell.

Urinetown: The Musical brings us to a not-so distant dystopian future where vital natural resources are in desperately short supply. The citizens who live in this dusty world must stand in line for hours each day, scraping pennies to use the bathrooms. Public facilities are closely monitored, and big business runs the show. Lyric Theatre’s Thelma Gaylord Academy presents this musical with all its wit, irreverence, and surprisingly poignant statements regarding the lifestyles we lead and take for granted every day.

Logan Boyd is Officer Lockstock and the narrator of the… Continue reading

The Rokademy Students Won’t Want for Love

 

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The Rokademy Experiment presents The Hazards of Love. Photo courtesy Matthew Alvin Brown.

The Thelma Gaylord Academy’s Rokademy Experiment is no child’s play. The students that make up this band are polished performers who sparkle with the gleam of seasoned rock-stars. They take their audience on a ride they won’t soon forget. After attending an impromptu Christmas concert of theirs in December, the springtime show has remained one of the upcoming experiences I’ve looked forward to most. Unsurprisingly, they do not disappoint. This year’s concert is a 3 performance run of the concept album The Hazards of… Continue reading

Bluegrass Musical Bright Star Premieres at The Lyric

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Ken Singleton as Billy Cane and Bligh Voth as Alice Murphy in Bright Star. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Bluegrass is the classically American music, and it finds its home in musical storytelling with the Lyric’s Bright Star. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is a southern story of hope and growing up in North Carolina. Based in the 1920s and the 40s, Bright Star follows Alice Murphy through life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The musical was inspired by the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You, which earned a Grammy… Continue reading