What to do in Oklahoma on April 3, 2019: See Lyric Theatre's Oklahoma professional premiere of 'Bright Star' in the Plaza District
Today's featured event:
See Lyric Theatre’s Oklahoma professional premiere of “Bright Star” at 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at its Plaza Theatre, 1725 NW 16 St. Performances continue through April 28.
As previously reported, the five-time Tony Award-nominated show grew out of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s 2013 collaborative bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You,” which earned the Grammy for Best American Roots Song for the title track. Brickell also has said that the musical was inspired by the turn-of-the-20th-century fact-based folk song “The Iron Mountain Baby.”
“Bright Star” tracks the path of Alice Murphy (Bligh Voth), first in the 1920s when she is a small-town teenager in the throes of young love and rebellion, and then in the 1940s as she is a literary editor who encounters an aspiring writer and World War II veteran Billy Cane (Ken Singleton).
“I kind of walk into this perfect experience, where this is already the book and it’s great. And I get to sing it and I get to be a part of it. The story is awesome. It’s rare to have a story where the female lead goes through such a wave of emotions. To have a whole show focused on her arc is such a gift,” Voth said in a recent interview.
Local TV personality, musician and actor Lucas Ross, who handles community outreach and promotion for the Oklahoma City-based American Banjo Museum, will perform a special preshow 30 minutes before select “Bright Star” dates, including tonight. For preshow dates, go to www.facebook.com/LyricTheatreofOklahoma or www.facebook.com/American.Banjo.Museum.
To read more of my "Bright Star" preview story, click here.
For tickets and information, go to www.lyrictheatreokc.org or call 524-9312.
For more Oklahoma events, go to newsok.com/calendar.