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Published by The Journal Record – Read original article here.

Originally published on July 14, 2015

Around Town: New Broadway musical due

Having just staged a longtime favorite musical, Mary Poppins, Lyric Theatre will produce a new Broadway musical, Big Fish, which Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director, says is a tale of adventure, magic and love. Big Fish opens July 21 and will play through July 25 at Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

Based on the Daniel Wallace novel that inspired the Tim Burton film of the same name, the show will star Broadway’s David Elder and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner as Edward and Sandra Bloom.

A traveling salesman from Alabama, Edward delights family and friends with his larger-than-life stories that cause a rift between him and his son, Will. His tales come to life, which brings a reconciliation between father and son. Both Elder and Skinner have Lyric credits as well as Broadway experiences.

Eleasha Gamble, the Witch, has been on national tour of Disney’s The Lion King; Russell McCook, as the son, Will Bloom, has appeared in previous Lyric productions; and Greg White, who plays the role of Karl, is director of musical theater at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has appeared in multiple national tours.

Lyn Cramer, a Weitzenhoffer endowed professor at the University of Oklahoma, is choreographer.

Curtain times for Big Fish are 7:30 p.m. July 21, 22 and 23, 8 p.m. July 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. July 25. Ticket prices begin at $25 and may be obtained at the Lyric Box Office, 1727 NW 16th St., or by calling (405) 524-9312.