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Arts & Entertainment

July 6, 2012

TV, film and Broadway star Milena Govich lights up the Oklahoma stage

UCO graduate returns to perform in Lyric’s ‘Sweet Charity’

OKLAHOMA CITY — As Charity Hope Valentine sings, “If my friends could see me now, they’d never believe it!” So is true for Oklahoma-grown TV, film and Broadway star Milena Govich. The actress once again brings her talents to Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as she portrays the eternal optimist Charity in its production of “Sweet Charity” running July 10-14 at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Fresh off TV and film roles including Detective Nina Cassidy on NBC’s “Law & Order,” Govich is thrilled to return to the stage.

“I have been fortunate enough to work in many mediums as an actor and musician, and there is truly something magical about the stage,” Govich said. “The unique relationship between actor and audience simply does not exist in television or film.”

Govich has starred in several Broadway shows including “Cabaret” (Sally Bowles), “Good Vibrations” (Rhonda) and “Boys from Syracuse,” as well as the film “A Novel Romance.”

Born to two voice professors in Norman, Govich’s home life was a vibrant mix of music and dance. She began studying the piano at age 4 and had added ballet and violin to her repertoire by age 9. After receiving degrees in both vocal performance and pre-medicine from the University of Central Oklahoma, Govich headed straight for New York City to become a professional actress.

“My parents really prepared me for what life in the theater actually entailed and I was ready to make those sacrifices,” Govich said. “My life and career have been an extraordinary adventure and I’m so lucky to still be doing what I do.”

Having previously performed in Lyric’s productions of “Jekyll & Hyde” (Lucy) and “Man of La Mancha” (Antonia), this is Govich’s first time playing the role of Charity Hope Valentine.

“Charity’s character is a bright light in a dark world and she is always looking for love no matter how many times her heart has been broken,” Govich said. “This is one of those special shows that strike a beautiful balance between comedy and drama.”

In “Sweet Charity,” Govich will perform alongside fellow Broadway actors Jamison Stern (Charlie/Vittorio/Oscar), Kathryn Mowat Murphy (Nickie), Vanita Harbour (Helene) and Billy Porter (Daddy Brubeck). The production is directed by Lyric Associate Artistic Director Ashley Wells and features an eye-popping set design by “Million Dollar Quartet” designer Adam Koch and stylish costumes by Jeffrey Meek.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. For tickets visit LyricTheatreOKC.com, call 524-9312 or visit Lyric’s box office at 1727 N.W. 16th St. in Oklahoma City.

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