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Published by The Journal Record – Read original article here

Orignially published on June 10, 2015

Around Town: Singing for Oklahoma!

Our state song is from the famous musical Oklahoma!, and you’ve never heard it sung better than in Lyric Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical opening June 23 in Civic Center Music Hall.

Be sure you know all the words to the title song so you can sing along with the cast, all of whom have Oklahoma roots.

This will be the first time Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director, directs Oklahoma!, the official state production with approval by Gov. Mary Fallin. Former Gov. George Nigh, who just celebrated his birthday Tuesday, gets the credit for arranging this with the Rodgers and Hammerstein people.

Oklahoma natives starring in the Lyric production are Mateja Govich as the handsome cowboy Curly; Christopher Rice, as the lovable Will Parker; and Kasey Yeargain as the villainous Jud Fry. Other notable cast members include Broadway actor Kirsten Scott as Laurey Williams, Julie Johnson as Aunt Eller and Dallas performer Morgan Mabry as Ado Annie.

Choreography director is Brian J. Marcum, also with Broadway credits. Jo Rowan, dance chairwoman of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, has choreographed the musical’s dream ballet.

Single tickets are available. Consider season tickets, because this whole summer season is going to be a winner. To purchase tickets, call (405) 524-9312 or visit The box office is at 1727 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City.

Sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, the Chickasaw Nation, The Oklahoman, Bank of Oklahoma, Express Employment Professionals, Oklahoma Spine Hospital, American Energy Partners, American Fidelity Foundation, Cox Communications, Guernsey, Oklahoma Natural Gas and W&W Steel. Annual support comes from Allied Arts, Inasmuch Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council and the Shubert Foundation.