The Edmond Sun

June 14, 2013

Tune performing at Lyric


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — In a special addition to Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s summer shows, theatre legend Tommy Tune will perform for two nights only at 8 p.m. July 18-19 at the Plaza Theatre. In his show “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales,” Broadway’s tallest tapper dances, sings and tell-tales through 50 years of big-time showmanship.

“Last summer we had the pleasure of hosting the incredible Chita Rivera and now to have fellow legend Tommy Tune perform on Lyric’s stage is such an honor,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s artistic director. “Seeing Tune’s show is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many Oklahomans — it shouldn’t be missed.”

One of Tune’s many accolades was the Tony Award for Best Choreography for “The Will Rogers Follies,” which will be presented by Lyric the week following “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales,” July 23-27. The winner of nine Tony Awards and eight Drama Desk Awards, Tune is a celebrated performer, director and choreographer. He was also awarded The National Medal of Arts, which is the highest honor of artistic achievement, given by the president of the United States.

Tickets to the production are now on sale to the general public. To buy tickets, visit Lyric’s box office at 1727 N.W. 16th St. or call 524-9312. Performances will be at the Plaza Theatre both evenings at 8 p.m.

Lyric’s presentation of “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales” is sponsored by the O.K. Detrick Foundation.

Founded in 1963, Lyric is Oklahoma’s leading professional theatre company. For 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals and plays featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric produces four musicals at the Civic Center Music Hall each summer, as well as four smaller works at the Plaza Theatre during the spring, fall and winter.

Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy is a professional training ground for students ages 5-18 offering classes in all aspects of musical theatre. Academy students have the opportunity to perform in two full-scale productions each year on the Plaza Theatre stage. For more information, visit LyricTheatreOKC.com.