Oklahoma Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS BWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
by Ronn Burton - 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 t... (more...)
BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY At Lyric Theatre Brings Surprising And Profound Depth Alongside Exquisite Dancing BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY At Lyric Theatre Brings Surprising And Profound Depth Alongside Exquisite Dancing
by Ronn Burton - 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 destro... (more...)
BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic Center BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic Center
by Robert Barossi - July 12, 2017

It's undeniable that just saying the word 'Disney' conjures up an instant image, thought or feeling in a person's mind and maybe heart as well. The world created by Walt Disney has become a worldwide empire spanning everything from amusement parks to movies to merchandise of all kinds. Much of that ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Bethany Stage's GUYS AND DOLLS Features Stand-Out Performances BWW Review: The Bethany Stage's GUYS AND DOLLS Features Stand-Out Performances
by Ronn Burton - July 01, 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 fledgl... (more...)
BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Is A Rock-n-Roll Hit You Can Bank On BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Is A Rock-n-Roll Hit You Can Bank On
by Ronn Burton - 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 hit... (more...)
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREW Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREW
by Robert Barossi - June 19, 2017

The works of William Shakespeare can be some of the most challenging plays for any company to produce. One of the potential hurdles is whether or not to change or alter the play to make it 'more accessible' to modern audiences. Some will argue that no such changes need to ever happen because the pla... (more...)
BWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its Finest BWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its Finest
by Robert Barossi - June 13, 2017

Often, an audience member goes into a show with a certain set of expectations in mind. If you're seeing Shakespeare, you expect sonnets and iambic pentameter. If you're seeing Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams, you expect searing drama and representations of real, recognizable people and their ver... (more...)
BWW Review: OKC Broadway Presents Derek and Julianne Hough's Sizzling MOVE – BEYOND tour BWW Review: OKC Broadway Presents Derek and Julianne Hough's Sizzling MOVE – BEYOND tour
by Ronn Burton - June 07, 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 versatility and never hold back: hip hop, ta... (more...)
THE LION KING Tour Brings Spectacular Theatrical Magic to Civic Center THE LION KING Tour Brings Spectacular Theatrical Magic to Civic Center
by Robert Barossi - May 14, 2017

Since the dawn of theater, even in it's most nascent forms, audiences have marveled at spectacular moments brought to life on stage. Throughout their history, plays and musicals have utilized the talents of theater artists and professionals to do what may have seemed impossible. Today, modern techno... (more...)
BWW Review: Talented Cast Sails into SOUTH PACIFIC at Jewel Box Theatre BWW Review: Talented Cast Sails into SOUTH PACIFIC at Jewel Box Theatre
by Robert Barossi - April 16, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein shows are known for being of a certain type. They are rarely what might be called small or minimalist and it would be tricky for any theater to do minimalist versions of most of them. These are shows that often have the word “big” attached to them and for a smaller sized thea... (more...)
BWW Review: Fanciful, Family-Friendly JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric Theatre BWW Review: Fanciful, Family-Friendly JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric Theatre
by Robert Barossi - April 03, 2017

Adapting any children's book for the stage is likely to be a tricky proposition. By their very nature, kids' books are filled with challenging settings and characters, from talking animals to fantastical locations to entire magical worlds that come right out of the most vivid and playful imagination... (more...)
BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's I AM MY OWN WIFE Showcases Matthew Alvin Brown's Multifaceted Skill BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's I AM MY OWN WIFE Showcases Matthew Alvin Brown's Multifaceted Skill
by Ronn Burton - April 03, 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 Cent... (more...)
BWW Review: OKC Broadway Dazzles With the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL BWW Review: OKC Broadway Dazzles With the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Ronn Burton - 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 favor... (more...)
BWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth Taking BWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth Taking
by Robert Barossi - March 06, 2017

Let's face it, long bus rides can be an at-times uncomfortable and awkward journey. The seats are not always conducive to comfort and if there are lots of people, it's going to get cramped. But, as the saying goes, it's not about the journey, it's about the destination, and while the ride might be b... (more...)
BWW Review: CityRep Has An Incandescent Hit On Their Hands with MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY BWW Review: CityRep Has An Incandescent Hit On Their Hands with MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY
by Ronn Burton - March 02, 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 sc... (more...)
BWW Review: DARK SISTERS at Oklahoma City University Introduces Contemporary, Progressive Opera to the Heartland BWW Review: DARK SISTERS at Oklahoma City University Introduces Contemporary, Progressive Opera to the Heartland
by Ronn Burton - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: SEMINAR Proves BigNose Productions is an Exciting New Voice in OKC Theatre BWW Review: SEMINAR Proves BigNose Productions is an Exciting New Voice in OKC Theatre
by Ronn Burton - 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 t... (more...)
BWW Review: FENCES Charges In at the Pollard Theatre BWW Review: FENCES Charges In at the Pollard Theatre
by Ronn Burton - 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 hold... (more...)
BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's ASSASSINS Explodes in a Poignant and Timely Production BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's ASSASSINS Explodes in a Poignant and Timely Production
by Ronn Burton - 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 liv... (more...)
BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns with Spectacular New Designs BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns with Spectacular New Designs
by Ronn Burton - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOW BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
by Ronn Burton - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Poteet Theatre's SHREK THE MUSICAL Hits All The Right Notes BWW Review: Poteet Theatre's SHREK THE MUSICAL Hits All The Right Notes
by Ronn Burton - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Collaborating UO and Oakfields Students Deliver Promising SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at #NAF16 BWW Review: Collaborating UO and Oakfields Students Deliver Promising SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at #NAF16
by David Fick - July 05, 2016

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD delivered an engaging 85 minutes of musical theatre, managing to explore a clear thesis while doing so. Like some of the musicals presented at the Student Arts Festival over the past few years, it raised the bar of what can be accomplished on this platform in this genre.... (more...)
BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical Theatre BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical Theatre
by David Fick - July 02, 2016

Certain parts of Jason Robert Brown's score for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD have been translated for a new South African production of the show which is currently being performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The intention is to explore possibilities for a greater connection for both the p... (more...)