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As I was watching the Oscars, I squealed as Kristin Chenoweth performed the closing song. As a fellow 4′ 11″ girl, I’ve always felt a special kinship with this Broadway star. Plus, she has a voice to die for- and performed at Lyric!

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma has had some of the best of the best on its stages, but many of these performers began their career at Lyric. Here’s just a sampling:

Skyler Adams– You may have seen Skyler in ALTAR BOYZ (Matthew) or HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Troy) at Lyric. Skyler is now living in Chicago, where he was cast in as Pinocchio in the world premiere of THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He’s also been seen at the Paramount Theatre in GREASE (Danny) and HAIR (Claude). Skyler is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Kristin Chenoweth– This Tony Award winner performed at Lyric several times during her years at Oklahoma City University. She performed in MAME, GYPSY, PROMISES PROMISES, and OLIVER! with Lyric. These shows were some of her first professional jobs. As we all know, she’s gained much acclaim as the original Glinda in WICKED, as well as Sally in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN.

Annie Funke– Ms. Funke just completed the run of IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET on Broadway, co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal. She also has been seen in HAIRSPRAY on Broadway as Tracy Turnblad, and in the San Francisco production of WICKED. Annie is an Oklahoma City native, and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. During her years with Lyric, she performed in GREASE (Jan), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Annelle), CHESS, ANNIE, and many more. Ms. Funke is also a graduate of Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy.


Jason Lee Garrett– Jason was in the ensemble of several Lyric shows, including SINGING IN THE RAIN, OKLAHOMA!, THE MUSIC MAN, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He is now in the pre-Broadway run of BIG FISH, which opens in Chicago very soon! He also was in the most recent production of EVITA on Broadway.

Sasha Hutchings– You may remember Sasha from recent productions of OLIVER!, RAGTIME,  or A CHORUS LINE. She now lives in New York, and has had major success! She became a swing- meaning that she covered multiple roles- for the Tony Award-winning MEMPHIS, and is now in rehearsals for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. She can also be seen as a background dancer on the television series “Smash” from time to time. She began her professional career with Lyric, and we’re so proud of all that she’s accomplished.

Megan Mullally– A native Oklahoman, Megan performed in Lyric’s 1977 production of SHENANDOAH. She is most known for her iconic role as Karen Walker in “Will and Grace”. Ms. Mullally has also performed on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.

Con O’Shea-Creel– You might remember Con from URINETOWN, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Chad), EVITA, or 42ND STREET (Billy Lawlor). A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Con is now performing the role of Burt in the MARY POPPINS national tour! Con has also performed in WHITE CHRISTMAS on Broadway.

Christopher Rice– Christopher received his degree from the University of Oklahoma, and has performed in several Lyric shows, including DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Zeke), THE WHO’S TOMMY, A CHORUS LINE (Mike), and THE PRODUCERS. Christopher recently completed the national tour of Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS and WEST SIDE STORY (Baby John/Tony understudy).  He’s currently working as a swing for the Broadway production of  THE BOOK OF MORMON. We’re sure even more incredible opportunities are on the horizon for him!

Jonathan Beck Reed– Lyric audiences are very familiar with Jonathan- he has played Scrooge in LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the past 2 years, and will be returning for a third. He’s also been seen in THE MUSIC MAN (Harold Hill) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Tevye), PETER PAN (Captain Hook), ME AND MY GIRL (Bill Snibson), and THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Will Rogers). What you may not know is that Jonathan performed in the inter/national tours of MY FAIR LADY (Henry Higgins), 42nd STREET (Julian Marsh), PETER PAN (Captain Hook), and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Hysterium), as well as many more New York and touring credits. We’re so proud to have him as a Lyric regular.

In fifty years, Lyric has launched the careers of many native Oklahomans as theatre artists. We can’t wait to see who will achieve acclaim in the next fifty!