The Lyric Theater of Oklahoma will usher in a theatrical reunion celebration, with its dazzling return to indoor theatrical performances starting in February. The 2022 season features seven spectacular productions across Oklahoma City – at the beloved Plaza Theater, the majestic Civic Center Music Hall, the historic Harn Homestead, and the new and acclaimed First Americans Museum.
Lyric’s 60th season features five main productions – Head Over Heels (February 16 – March 6), Distant Thunder (March 23-27), Roald Dahl’s Matilda (June 21-26), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (July 5-10 ) and Kinky Boots (July 19-24). Season add-ons include cult classic The Rocky Horror Show (October 5-30) and Lyric’s 12th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 16 – December 23).
“I am very grateful to all of our heads of state, our loyal patrons and everyone at Lyric for making last year’s outdoor season a sure and joyful success,” said the artistic director. production Michael Baron. âWe were able to create theater in new ways, like our football stadium production of Grease, attracting both our long-time customers and also attracting new theater-goers. We’ve learned a lot, both on and off stage, and we’re now set to deliver a full season of shows using all of the creativity, passion and talent for which Lyric Theater is known and celebrated. “
The reunion season begins with a return to the Plaza Theater, which has remained dark for almost two years, with Head Over Heels, featuring the music of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – The Go-Go’s! In a fearless and fresh new musical mix of chic and pop, this unpredictable romantic comedy follows the escapades of a royal family on a scandalous journey to save their beloved kingdom and fall in love. This laughing poetic adventure of the comedic court is made fantastic with iconic pop music from 1980s girl rock group The Go-Go’s, and features hit songs like “We Got the Beat”, “Mad About You “and” Vacation. ” The new 90-minute version created by Lyric Theater will be directed by Michael Baron, choreographed by Amy Reynolds Reed, musical direction by Reagan Casteel, and fabulously fun set design inspired by the landmarks of Route 66 by Deb Sivigney.
In March, Lyric will present the world premiere of the Native American musical Distant Thunder at the all-new world-class First Americans Museum, just minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. The production will be staged outside in the museum’s Festival Square with its symbolic mound of earth serving as a backdrop. Distant Thunder, originally slated for Lyric’s 2020 season, was less than two weeks away from opening when the pandemic closed theaters across the country. The production follows Darrell Waters, a successful young lawyer who returns to his childhood home in Montana to negotiate a business deal for the benefit of Blackfeet Nation. He soon confronts his reclusive father and his childhood friend who runs an indigenous school about the difficult past and hopes for the future. This new pop / rock musical grapples with the paradigm of what it means to be Native American in the United States. Cultures collide and unite through music, dance, story and faith, as we witness the dawn of distant thunder. Written by Broadway legend Lynne Taylor-Corbett (creator of Broadway’s Swing! And choreographer of the classic film Footloose) and her son, Shaun Taylor-Corbett (from the original Broadway In the Heights production), the production will be directed by Lynne Taylor – Corbett.
Lyric’s favorite feature, Roald Dahl’s Matilda, kicks off the summer season at the Civic Center in June. The inspiring story of an extraordinary little girl who, blessed with an overflowing imagination and a sharp mind, dares to prove that you can change your destiny anyway. While surviving a tumultuous life with her unscrupulous parents and tyrannical director, Mathilde discovers a secret that will set her comrades free. Filled with energetic dances and songs, this Tony Award-winning musical revel in the anarchy of childhood, the power of the imagination and the inspiring story of a girl dreaming of a better life while becoming the biggest little hero. Matilda, will be directed by Lyric executive producer Ashley Wells, choreographed by Amy Reynolds-Reed, with musical direction by Brian Hamilton.
Famed for its innovative approach to classic musicals, Lyric invites you to rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein Carousel’s masterpiece, this season’s great American musical selection, revisited and imagined for our world today. Showcasing her powerful musical score and emotionally visceral dancing, the production will feature a full orchestra on stage and a collaboration with the Oklahoma City Ballet. The July production features classic songs – including “If I Loved You”, “June is Bustin ‘Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – against the emotionally raw backdrop of a new original production by the same artist. team that brought you reimagined staging of Titanic and Fiddler on the Roof. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the production will be directed by Michael Baron with set design by Kim Powers, lighting designed by Helena Kukka and costumes by Jeffrey Meek.
Closing the main season at the Civic Center, Lyric will step into a glamorous dream with the exciting Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. This true story of a struggling shoe factory is sure to cheer you up. Charlie Price reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. While trying to save his family business, Charlie takes inspiration from Lola, a fabulous drag actress who needs sturdy stiletto heels. This unlikely couple discover that they have more in common than they ever imagined, and discover that when you change your mind, you can change your world. Kinky Boots, featuring music by pop / rock icon Cyndi Lauper, will be directed by Ashley Wells.
Fans of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show will replay “The Time Warp” – in October – when Lyric’s triennial favorite returns to the Plaza Theater stage. Back by popular demand, one of Lyric’s greatest hits returns in an all-new production, which is sure to leave you shivering with anticipation! Written by Richard O’Brien, Lyric Denton’s special production, inspired by America (where the show actually takes place), the Texas-themed production will be directed by Michael Baron with country-western inspired costumes from Jeffrey Meek.
Closing the 2022 season, Lyric returns for his final visit to the historic Harn Homestead for his immersive outdoor production of A Christmas Carol. Steps from the Oklahoma State Capitol, the 360-degree production will take audiences back to the Victorian era, featuring a host of unforgettable characters including the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, the ghost of Jacob Marley and the still in love Tiny. Tim. You’ll go from farce to joy in a magical night in this production featured on both The New York Times and BBC Radio. The classic Charles Dickens Christmas tale will be co-directed by Michael Baron and Ashley Wells.
âI am delighted to return inside our state-of-the-art Plaza Theater and spectacular Civic Center Music Hall,â said Baron. However, we’re excited to continue our new, immersive outdoor theater experiences at two of Oklahoma City’s most vibrant cultural sites – the Harn Homestead and the First Americans Museum. Everyone at Lyric can’t wait to see you there. next year as we celebrate the power of live theater and Oklahoma’s cultural diversity. “
Season tickets are available for all five main stage productions, starting at just $ 187 per person. For more information, visit LyricTheatreOKC.org or call Lyric’s Box Office at (405) 524-9312.
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