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BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY At Lyric Theatre Brings Surprising And Profound Depth Alongside Exquisite DancingBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY At Lyric Theatre Brings Surprising And Profound Depth Alongside Exquisite Dancing
Posted: Jul. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTSBWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
Posted: Aug. 11, 2017


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BWW Review: DARK SISTERS at Oklahoma City University Introduces Contemporary, Progressive Opera to the HeartlandBWW Review: DARK SISTERS at OCU Introduces Contemporary
Posted: Feb. 25, 2017


BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's ASSASSINS Explodes in a Poignant and Timely ProductionBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's ASSASSINS Explodes
Posted: Feb. 15, 2017


BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns with Spectacular New DesignsBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns
Posted: Dec. 15, 2016


BWW Review: CityRep Has An Incandescent Hit On Their Hands with MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAYBWW Review: CityRep Has An Incandescent Hit On Their Hands with MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY
Posted: Mar. 2, 2017


BWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTSBWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
August 11, 2017

Lyric closes out their Civic Center season with HAMILTON mega-star Lin-Manuel Miranda's initial hit musical, the Tony-winning IN THE HEIGHTS. Premiering on Broadway in 2008, this depiction of the flavorful New York City neighborhood at the top of Manhattan paints a vivid and delightful portrait of the struggles and celebrations of everyday Americans. IN THE HEIGHTS is an exciting capstone to Lyric's wildly successful summer seasondon't miss it!

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY At Lyric Theatre Brings Surprising And Profound Depth Alongside Exquisite DancingBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY At Lyric Theatre Brings Surprising And Profound Depth Alongside Exquisite Dancing
July 27, 2017

This updated retelling of Romeo and Juliet is set in 1950s New York City, yet its themes of racism and hatred of anything deemed "different" ring especially true in today's political climate, sadly. WEST SIDE STORY is a compelling reminder of just how much hatred, prejudice, and ignorance can destroy what we all hold so dear. One of Lyric's most fully realized productions I can think of in recent memorydo yourself a favor and allow the message of this piece to penetrate your heart and mind - for truly great art has the power to influence the world.

BWW Review: The Bethany Stage's GUYS AND DOLLS Features Stand-Out PerformancesBWW Review: The Bethany Stage's GUYS AND DOLLS Features Stand-Out Performances
July 1, 2017

The Bethany Stage, a relatively new theatre company in the Oklahoma City metro area, presented their first musical production, GUYS AND DOLLS. Let me assure you, the beloved score is in capable hands: the four leads of the show carry the show nicely. Artistic Director Audra Faust has led this fledgling theatre company to a successful first musical production, and I look forward to more from her group of players.

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Is A Rock-n-Roll Hit You Can Bank OnBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Is A Rock-n-Roll Hit You Can Bank On
June 28, 2017

Lyric Theatre kicks off its summer season with this rollicking concert of golden oldies - the finale medley alone is worth the price of admission, but Lyric's production serves up nearly two hours worth of your favorite songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis. Tried-and-true hits like "Blue Suede Shoes", "Great Balls Of Fire", "Fever", "Hound Dog" and many more each get their moment in the spotlight. These performers are musicians first and foremost, and it shows. Yet none of them fall into the trap of impersonationseach actor brings his character to life with a crisp vitality that keeps the show nimble and appealing.

BWW Review: OKC Broadway Presents Derek and Julianne Hough's Sizzling MOVE  BEYOND tour
June 7, 2017

OKC Broadway closes out its inaugural season with Dancing With The Stars' luminaries Derek and Julianne Hough. This fast-paced spectacle features death drops, acrobatics, singing, and choreography of all styles.Derek and Julianne display their astounding versatilityand never hold back: hip hop, tap, jazz, tango, salsa, waltz-plus both of their incredible singing voicesthis show has it all. Is there anything these superstar siblings can't do?

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's I AM MY OWN WIFE Showcases Matthew Alvin Brown's Multifaceted SkillBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's I AM MY OWN WIFE Showcases Matthew Alvin Brown's Multifaceted Skill
April 3, 2017

Lyric Theatre continues its 2017 Season with the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning I AM MY OWN WIFE, a one-man show starring familiar Lyric performer Matthew Alvin Brown. Brown portrays over 30 characters, utilizing a myriad of accents and dialects, to tell the engrossing true story of of a 20th Century antique collector, who also happened to be a communist informant, secret gay nightclub owner, and self-proclaimed transvestite. This story is an important one - especially significant with transgender rights being so politicized at the moment; yet in Brown and Baron's capable hands, a veritably entertaining evening at the theatre not to be missed.

BWW Feature: OCU to Host Inaugural Conference of 'Center for Excellence in Classical Theatre Training'BWW Feature: OCU to Host Inaugural Conference of 'Center for Excellence in Classical Theatre Training'
March 28, 2017

BroadwayWorld sat down with Lance Marsh, Head of Performance at TheatreOCU and Conference Chair for the new Center for Excellence in Classical Theatre Training, to discuss their inaugural conference and the exciting future of the organization.

BWW Preview: CityRep Presents Audra McDonald In a One-Night Only Concert at OCCC's Visual and Performing Arts CenterBWW Preview: CityRep Presents Audra McDonald In a One-Night Only Concert at OCCC's Visual and Performing Arts Center
March 27, 2017

CityRep, Oklahoma's award-winning professional theatre, is proud to present six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in a one-night only Broadway Concert event. This extraordinary evening marks Ms. McDonald's Oklahoma premiere. BroadwayWorld chatted with CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan to find out just what it takes to bring a Broadway superstar to the heartland.

BWW Review: OKC Broadway Dazzles With the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Review: OKC Broadway Dazzles With the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
March 10, 2017

OKC Broadway presents the national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL March 7th-12th, 2017 at the Civic Center Musical Hall. Staged by Schele Williams (associate director from the Broadway production, originally directed by Charles Randolph-Wright) MOTOWN delivers a buzzing, delightful evening of your favorite songs - and they've never been done better. The audience was up on their feet dancing by the end of the show, and throughout the evening could often be found waving their hands in the air and singing along (you can decide for yourself whether this is a good or bad thing.) If you're looking for a trip down memory lane, head down to the Civic Center and experience an effervescent evening of MOTOWN music.

BWW Review: CityRep Has An Incandescent Hit On Their Hands with MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAYBWW Review: CityRep Has An Incandescent Hit On Their Hands with MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY
March 2, 2017

Last weekend, CityRep opened MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at the downtown Civic Center. A co-production with Oklahoma City University, featuring up-and-coming student artists and professional Equity actors on equal footing, the CityRep production of Anne Washburn's delightfully unconventional script is one of my favorite shows the company has produced in recent memory. CityRep has a hit on their hands. I hope the lack of familiarity with the title doesn't discourage audience attendance-this play is one of the most-produced in regional theaters around the country this season, and for good reason. The only drawback is that the play is only around for one more weekend. I applaud CityRep and OCU for introducing such thought-provoking art to the heartland, and hope you, dear reader, flock to the theater in droves to experience the magic.

BWW Review: DARK SISTERS at Oklahoma City University Introduces Contemporary, Progressive Opera to the HeartlandBWW Review: DARK SISTERS at Oklahoma City University Introduces Contemporary, Progressive Opera to the Heartland
February 25, 2017

Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music presented the 2011 opera DARK SISTERS by Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam. Telling the story of "sister wives" in a modern-day polygamist sect, the subject matter certainly breaks new ground in an art form that many would (mistakenly) view as outdated. By presenting this kind of work in Oklahoma City, OCU proves their commitment to prepare students for work in today's artistic landscape, ensuring their readiness for the future beyond graduation.

BWW Interview: Cast and Creatives of CityRep's MR. BURNS Discuss the 'Average, Everyday, Post-Apocalyptic, Mind-Bending' Oklahoma Premiere ProductionBWW Interview: Cast and Creatives of CityRep's MR. BURNS Discuss the 'Average, Everyday, Post-Apocalyptic, Mind-Bending' Oklahoma Premiere Production
February 23, 2017

CityRep presents the Oklahoma premiere of the Off-Broadway hit MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY. Members of the cast (Bob Hess, Kris Schinske, and Paul T. Taylor)and creative team (Donald Jordan and Daniel Leeman Smith)sat down with BroadwayWorld to discuss the relevance and delightful absurdity of their upcoming show, opening this week and running through March 5th.

BWW Review: SEMINAR Proves BigNose Productions is an Exciting New Voice in OKC TheatreBWW Review: SEMINAR Proves BigNose Productions is an Exciting New Voice in OKC Theatre
February 18, 2017

BigNose Productions presents their first work, Theresa Rebeck's biting comedy SEMINAR. Filled with scathing one-liners and backstabbing twists, SEMINAR examines gender politics, artistic merit, and modern urban sociology through a self-aware, comic lens. Ultimately, I am quite excited to see a new theatre company emerge with such a striking first impression.

BWW Review: FENCES Charges In at the Pollard TheatreBWW Review: FENCES Charges In at the Pollard Theatre
February 17, 2017

The Pollard Theatre Company continues their 30th Anniversary season with August Wilson's FENCES. The Pollard production opens on the heels of the Oscar-nominated film adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Comparisons to the current movie are inevitable, but Pollard's production holds its own thanks to sound performances from the lead performers.

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's ASSASSINS Explodes in a Poignant and Timely ProductionBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's ASSASSINS Explodes in a Poignant and Timely Production
February 15, 2017

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma opens their 2017 Season with Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS. Michael Baron's production pushes the right buttons without going too far over the edge. It is startling to find how recognizable we find these characters: to see the pain, loss, and instability that plagued the lives of these criminals, we begin to find more similarities than differencesthey are our neighbors, our relatives, or-unnervingly-ourselves. With the current divisive political climate, Lyric's production seems more timely than ever.

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns with Spectacular New DesignsBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns with Spectacular New Designs
December 15, 2016

Adapted and directed by artistic director Michael Baron, Lyric's A CHRISTMAS CAROL brings the beloved Christmas story to life with marvelous new designs to freshen up this holiday classic.

BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOWBWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
December 12, 2016

An annual holiday tradition, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's CHRISTMAS SHOW is beloved by many in the Oklahoma City metro area. This year's guest artist, Kelli O'Hara, takes the show to new heights-her voice enveloping the audience like a warm blanket by the fireplace on Christmas Eve.

BWW Interview: Stars Of CityRep's A TUNA CHRISTMAS On The Southern-Fried Charm Of Their Special Holiday ShowBWW Interview: Stars Of CityRep's A TUNA CHRISTMAS On The Southern-Fried Charm Of Their Special Holiday Show
November 30, 2016

CityRep is bringing back their much-adored show, A Tuna Christmas, to delight Oklahoma City audiences yet again. The stars of the show, Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed, checked in with BroadwayWorld before one of their rehearsals to share their favorite memories of past productions, the challenges of portraying so many characters in one play, and the heart-warming message of this new Christmas classic.

BWW Review: Poteet Theatre's SHREK THE MUSICAL Hits All The Right NotesBWW Review: Poteet Theatre's SHREK THE MUSICAL Hits All The Right Notes
November 18, 2016

Playing through December 4th, SHREK THE MUSICAL at Poteet Theatre is a treat through and through, drawing energy from a few specially commendable performances.