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Broadway Legends Unite for the Oklahoma Premiere of SNAPSHOTS: A Musical Scrapbook at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre will present the Oklahoma premiere of SNAPSHOTS: A Musical Scrapbook as part of the 2010 "Lyric at the Plaza" season this February 4 through 14 at the newly renovated Plaza Theatre. This unique production will unite celebrated composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz and acclaimed book writer David Stern, with Tony Award-winning director, Richard Maltby, for a memorable show with an exciting new musical concept.

Stephen Schwartz is an extraordinarily talented composer and lyricist whose awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy awards, and four Drama Desk Awards as well as ten Tony nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Schwartz, who wrote music and lyrics for shows such as Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, Children of Eden, and Wicked, has woven together treasured songs from his past musicals to tell the enchanting story of a couple who, after years of marriage and raising a child, have fallen out of love. But, when they come across photos that stir up joyous and touching memories of the past, their many years together come back to life right in front of them. Audiences will recognize favorite songs such as "Popular" from Wicked, "All Good Gifts" from Godspell, and "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin among many more musical gems, many with newly revised lyrics by Schwartz to tell this heartwarming, romantic story.

David Stern, along with co-conceiver Michael Scheman, has written a show that takes place in the attic of Sue and Dan, a couple whose marriage has fallen apart after 30 years together. Sue, who is about to leave her husband, has gone to the attic to retrieve a hidden suitcase when Dan unexpectedly comes home early. During this encounter, a box of photographs falls to the floor and leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots. The cast of six play Dan and Sue at different stages in their lives and features Jay Montgomery (Broadway: Falsettos) and Stefanie Morse (National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof; European Tour: A Chorus Line) as the couple in the present, Sarah Shahinian (Regional: Snapshots, Seaside Music Theatre; Little Women, Syracuse Stage) and Brian Crum (Broadway: Grease, Wicked) as the couple when they met as children, and Kristy Cates (Broadway: Wicked) and Michael Marcotte (Regional: Snapshots, Theatre Works; A Little Night Music, Seaside Music Theatre) as the college-age couple.

SNAPSHOTS is directed by Richard Maltby, who conceived and directed two Tony Award-winning musicals, Ain't Misbehavin' and Fosse, as well as Ring of Fire, The Johnny Cash Musical Show. He also received a Christopher Award for best screenplay for the 2007 movie, Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

Tickets for SNAPSHOTS: A Musical Scrapbook are $40. Senior discounts (ages 65+), Group discounts (10+), and Student discounts are also available. Students can also take advantage of Lyric's Student Rush tickets, which can be purchased for $15, ½ hour before show time with ID. Performances are February 4 through 14: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets: www.lyrictheatreokc.com, (405) 524-9312, or in person at 1727 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK.

Lyric's production of SNAPSHOTS: A Musical Scrapbook is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the Oklahoman, Rose Rock/Union Bank, Irish Realty Corporation, Lisa and David Flesher, Gail and Bill Beals, and Corner Energy. Annual support is provided by Allied Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In Oklahoma City, the renovation and opening of the Plaza Theatre means that audiences can look forward to a world-class theatrical experience, complete with free accessible parking, ultra-comfortable seating, and a full service cash bar - all in Oklahoma City's sharpest new venue. The 2010 "Lyric at the Plaza" season concludes in April with DRIVING MISS DAISY. Lyric will also continue to produce its annual summer season at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City, beginning in June with PUMP BOYS & DINETTES and continuing with CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, 42nd STREET and BUDDY: THE Buddy Holly STORY.


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