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Lyric’s XANADU OPENS TONIGHT!

     Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma opens a brand new season with the inspiring comedy, XANADU, showing at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre from January 25 through February 11, 2012. The New York Times calls it “heaven on wheels” and “ingenious”.

This over-the-top, hysterical roller-skating musical spoofs the outrageously bad 1980s film about a beautiful muse who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach and inspires a struggling artist to pursue his dreams. It’s hilarity on wheels for anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.

This production is under the direction of Alan Muraoka, who directed Lyric’s productions of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 in 2007 and 2009, and has many Broadway, Off-Broadway and National tour credits as an actor including MISS SIAGON, THE KING AND I, ANYTHING GOES and MAME. Some might recognize Muroaka as Alan, proprietor of Hooper’s Store on Sesame Street since 1998. Muroaka is ready to bring something different to Lyric’s Plaza Theatre stage to help kick off the new season.

“This show has awesome 80s music with roller skating and even some fake Australian accents. That’s what awaits you in the upcoming Lyric production of XANADU,” says Muroaka.  “The music will make you want to dance in the aisles, but don’t because we’ll probably be roller skating in them. A great time is guaranteed by all who experience it.”

Completing Muraoka’s artistic staff for XANADU is Chris Castleberry, choreographer; Brian Hamilton, music director; Christopher Domanski, set designer; Jeffrey Meek, costume designer;  Art Whaley, lighting designer; Brad Poarch, sound designer and Jeff Cochran, stage manager.

A familiar face on Lyric’s stage, Oklahoma City native, Lexi Windsor, is playing the young and perky Kira in Lyric’s production of XANADU.  Audiences will recognize Windsor as Gretchen in Lyric’s 2011 production of BOEING BOEING and Evelyn Nesbit in Lyric’s 2011 summer production of RAGTIME.  

“ I love the music of Electric Light Orchestra, and I’m so excited to go to the theatre every night, throw on some roller skates and rock out to ELO for a fun evening of live music and slaphappy comedy,” says Windsor.  “But ultimately, I love the challenge.  I haven’t had a role with this much responsibility on the Lyric stage before, so it is truly an honor to attempt something of this measure.”

Joining Windsor on Lyric’s Plaza stage and playing Kira’s forbidden love is New York City’s Adam Levinskas, as Sonny Malone. Levinskas, making his Lyric debut in the production of XANADU, played Asher in the National Tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.  Other cast members include Renee Anderson (Lyric’s OLIVER!),  Jacob Chancellor (Lyric’s 42nd STREET), Stephen Hilton (Lyric’s HAIRSPRAY and RAGTIME), Sheran Keyton, Eloise Kropp (Lyric’s HAIRSPRAY and A CHORUS LINE) , Parish Mechling (Lyric’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and DECEMBER DIVAS), Jamard Richardson (Lyric’s HAIRSPRAY and RAGTIME) and Christopher Sieker (Lyric’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW).

As an added treat, the original star of the film Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John, has recorded a special pre-show announcement just for Lyric’s production.

Single tickets for XANADU are $40 and are available to purchase. For tickets go to www.LyricTheatreOKC.com, call (405) 524-9312, or come by Lyric’s box office at 1727 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK.

Performance times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday afternoon.  XANADU is sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, The Oklahoman, Allied Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.  

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Auditions for Rise Up Black Man on Jan 17th at the Ghostlight Theatre

Independent Oklahoma Film is holding auditions on Jan 17th at Ghostlight theater.  For more information go to riseupblackman.com  For an audition appointment and character sides e-mail jenna at jenna_unknown@yahoo.com

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Really, Safe Auto?

Fo’realz, people! Could these commercials for Safe Auto Insurance get any worse?! They are terrible. No, they are TURRRRible! They make me feel embarrassed even when nobody else is in the room while I watch them.

I admit, I *did* like the “Lady Re-run” spot. She cracked me up.

But every other commericial, from the obnoxious song, to “Justin Case,” to these dipshit guys and the new “Sassy Black Lady.”. Which is just insulting in the extreme. Couldn’t they see that stereotype a mile away when it was first presented on paper?

Alright, so WHY is this theatre releated, let alone OKC TheatreScene related? When I first saw Justin Case, I thought it was Wil Rogers. Through my box wine blur.

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Auditions for Reduxion Theatre Company’s Much Ado About Nothing
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What a cast!

     The national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY has quite a cast!  Thanks to Celebrity Attractions, the show will hit OKC January 17-22, 2012.  Dig out some of your old Playbills and wait at the Civic Center’s stage door for some autographs! 

But who’s in it?

Douglas Sills, Sara Gettelfinger, Pippa Pearthree, Martin Vidnovic…  CRISTA MOORE!  Catch that line up!?

I hope that these tours featuring some real Broadway talent continue to hit OKC!  For quite a long time, it seemed we had quite a long stretch of non-Equity and and/or sem-professional tours, (Anybody catch that tour of GREASE that hit in the late 90’s?  I swear, there’s still guys in haz-mat suits cleaning that up at the Civic Center.  But thanks to Dawn soap, many ushers were able to be scrubbed and saved.)

And before anyone complains- I’m not saying it must be a ‘star studded’ tour to be *good* - but when I’m paying those prices, I can’t help but want to see some Broadway names! 

See y’all at THE ADDAMS FAMILY!

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Where has OKCTHEATRESCENE been?!

Where’ve I been?  Deep in the darkness that is stage managing Sam Shepard’s BURIED CHILD for OKCTC.  We open 21OCT in the CitySpace at the FAMOUS Civic Center Music Hall in beautiful downtown Oklahoma City.  Buy your tickets as soon as possible, people: Director Doug Van Liew is directing up a HELLUVA show!  It’s gonna be a great hit.  You’ll be saying AUGUST OSAGE WHAAAAT, CITYREP?  Just kidding, Mr. Jordan!  ;-)

I apologize for this terrible absence!  Your cries and tears have not been ignored- I am back. And as always, your submissions are ALWAYS welcome!  Click submit above or email me at okctheatrescene@gmail.com!

Coming soon: more listings and my long awaited story about POSTER DESIGN AND WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU! 

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Theatrical Wishlist Thursday!

It’s time for the most exciting trip to imagination-land:  Theatrical Wishlist Thursday!

Last night, I had to return an anthology of Christopher Durang’s plays to the library.  Cuz it was about a week overdue.  I like to support the library system by keeping my books a week or so longer than I should.  It’s philanthropy, dammit.  And yes, I already have two copies of this particular Durang anthology, but like so many things in my life, I couldn’t find them.  I’ve been to DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, but I’ve never been to ME!  

What the hell am I talking about, ladies and gentlemen?  Oh yeah- so I’m on the way home from the library when I realize I have 40% off coupons to HOBBY LOBBY and a 50% off at MICHAEL’S.  I put the iPod on shuffle- and I’m surprised sometime after THE CAPEMAN’s act one ending, “Adios Hermanos”  (and one day, I’m going to write a story about the best act one finales out there) but right after that- I’m surprised- something I haven’t heard in ages starts- and I guess my iPod added it randomly when I synched- but JULIAN KEYES starts up-  and I’m excited to live again.

I haven’t heard it in years, it felt like.  And it left me with a sense of longing usually reserved for the tshirt I didn’t buy when I saw THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE on Broadway. 

WHAT, though, is JULIAN KEYES?  It’s an unfinished musical by Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey, writers of two other musicals I love dearly- THE FIX and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.  I’ve got a wonderful demo recording of about 30 minutes of it-  all that was recorded, ever, I believe, and a script of this much plus an extra scene.  And I love it. 

JULIAN KEYES is about an ordinary, depressed young guy who is, at the opening, trying to kill himself.  Halfway between life and death, he meets his ‘Muse,’ who offers him two doors- thru one he will ‘simply cease to be’ and another, where he’ll return to life, but ‘different than before.’  So, what happens, is Julian returns to life, with his Muse, where he becomes a famous artist.  But he must kill to create each new painting. 

I freakin’ love it and WISH to see it!  NOW!  Magically completed and staged, just for me.  Oh I love it, I do.

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Zoom Check out the ‘poster’ I just made!  Hilarious, huh?  Oh, I crack myself up.  But in serious news:  CARRIE returns, January 31! 

Check out the ‘poster’ I just made!  Hilarious, huh?  Oh, I crack myself up.  But in serious news:  CARRIE returns, January 31! 

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"Baby, Dream Your Dream" from SWEET CHARITY just popped up on the iPod. Already excited for Lyric Theatre’s next summer season!
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