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UCO’s Musical Theatre Department Presents the Spooky, Spectacular Macabaret

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The cast of UCO’s 2017 production of Macabaret.

There’s something fun about mashing up words, especially for the season at hand. The ever popular Snowpocalypse comes around occasionally for an impeding snow storm and the apocalyptic response that ensues. Then of course, there’s the classic Fallsummoween. This is one we’re very familiar with in Oklahoma. It’s officially Fall, according to the calendar, but it still looks and feels like Summer outside. So naturally, we crank the A/C down, turn off the lights, and burn a pumpkin candle, just pretending like it’s Halloween. The UCO Musical Theatre students are capitalizing… Continue reading

Go Back to High School with UCO’s Grease

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UCO’s Grease at Mitchell Hall Theatre. Photo by Mutz Photography.

Though it debuted in 1971, with a hit movie in 1978, it seems like Grease has been around forever. It’s woven so completely into the American songbook, and heavily into the theatre rotation, that nearly everyone from sea to shining sea knows the songs, the characters and at least some of the story. But in case you’ve somehow missed it entirely, here’s a quick rundown: Based in 1959, the classmates of Rydell High, an Anywhere, USA High School, assemble back at school after an eventful summer. A new student… Continue reading

UCO Gears Up for Grease at Mitchell Hall Theatre

From left, Dylan Herrin as Danny, Morgan Rothwell as Sandy, Kalyn Glover as Frenchy, Sarah Royse as Marty and Hailey Hatfield as Jan in University of Central Oklahoma and Broadway Tonight’s production of Grease.

Grease is the word! UCO’s Fall 2019 season is starting up with the quintessential American musical. Their production of Grease: The Musical takes us back to high school with the greasers, the pink ladies, and all the antics of Rydell High! It’s a wild ride and tons of fun. And of course, the music and poodle skirts! They’re classic Americana and classic Grease.

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“Hair” A Crowning Achievement from UCO and CityRep!

 

The tribe led by Sheila (Hope Chancey) protests. Photo courtesy of Mutz Photography

The University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre have been collaborating for a decade providing excellent theatrical productions, and Hair is at the pinnacle of great musical theatre.  Of course, fifty years ago, Hair was a departure from traditional musical theatre, and the success of the musical was a surprise to writers Gerome Ragni and James Rado.  Alongside Greg MacDermott (music), Hair became an overnight sensation.  Half a century has passed and Hair remains as sensational as ever.

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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.

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UCO’s My Fair Lady is Timeless and Ever Fresh

Cast of My Fair Lady-Photo Credit: Wendy Mutz

If there was ever an ideal model for what musical theatre should be, My Fair Lady would fit the criteria perfectly. One of the most highly-regarded musicals of all-time, the original Broadway run in 1956 starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. Harrison later reprised his role as Henry Higgins, next to the iconic Audrey Hepburn, in the 1964 movie. My Fair Lady follows Eliza Doolittle, a young girl from 1913 London who enlists help from a dialect coach to become a seemingly presentable lady.

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