OKC Lyric Theatre Homecoming Performances Continue with ‘Head Over Heels’ Hijinks

By Glenda Rice Collins

Oklahoma City, Okla., USA — From a high-profile, expanded American Indian-themed outdoor Distant Thunder world premiere to a current COVID pandemic-delayed homecoming return to the indoor Plaza Theater, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma continues to celebrate dramatic diversity with the ongoing Head Over Heels musical production, continuing through April 30, 2022.

Sabrina Brush as Mopsa (foreground), is featured in the current Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma production of Head Over Heels at the Plaza Theatre. Photo by Miki Galloway.

Featuring music by the most successful all-female rock band of all time – The Go-Go’s, this recent Broadway hit delivers ‘a musical mash-up of posh and pop,’ where members of an Elizabethan-era royal family travel on an outrageous escapade to save their beloved kingdom and find love and acceptance, — time honored pursuits, indeed! 

Ongoing At Lyric Plaza Theatre: “We Got the Beat”

Opening the 2022 season with the impressive Distant Thunder recent premiere met with rave reviews and standing ovations at the new, architecturally-inspiring venue, the First Americans Museum, where it landed to its advantage in March, after a two-year COVID pandemic-related delay. BRAVOS to all!!!

The stellar Distant Thunder cast celebrates opening night success on the concert stage at the First Americans Museum, March 23, 2022 in Oklahoma City. Additional performances were held outdoors on the scenic landscape nearby. The Distant Thunder world premiere was delayed for two years due to COVID pandemic lockdowns. Photo by Miki Galloway.
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma producing artistic director Michael Baron welcomed the audience to the outdoor Distant Thunder stage at the stunning, new First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City during March 2022 world premiere performances of the American Indian-themed dramatic musical theatre production. Baron is also directing the current Head over Heels musical at the Plaza Theatre.
Photo by Glenda Rice Collins.
Outdoor view of staged Distant Thunder tepee with First Americans Museum detail in background.
Photo by Miki Galloway.

–(Watch for a related Oklahoma Indian Territory arts news feature coming soon to this website, https://glendaricecollins.com/)

Back home now at Plaza Theatre

Head Over Heels hijinks continue, in iambic pentameter no less, contrasting hysterically with iconic 1980s chart toppers such as “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation.” (The production occasionally contains strong language and situations).

A “Welcome Back OKC” blue whale image, symbolic of a Route 66 landmark, seems to hover above the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Head Over Heels cast at the Plaza Theatre, through April 30 performances.
Photo by Miki Galloway.

“After two years, I couldn’t be more excited to return to our home at the Plaza Theatre with this new, ‘80s-inspired pop/rock show bursting with fun energy, comic love triangles, and vibrant colors,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director. 

“I love The Go-Go’s, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate their music than with this hysterical production featuring outrageous costumes and an awesome onstage band. 

A Fictitious Kingdom with an Oklahoma Twist

“The musical is set in the fictitious kingdom of Arcadia, Greece,” director Baron explains, “but I’ve decided to have our production be inspired by a place closer to home, Arcadia, Oklahoma. Full of fun pop icons along Route 66, this will be a ‘vacation’ you’ll definitely want to take!”

*(See Route 66 new exhibit sidebar, herewith, for Tulsa Historical Society & Museum somewhat related news).

Welcome Back OKC! Head Over Heels cast members currently participate in the homecoming re-opening of the beloved Plaza Theatre after two years of COVID pandemic-related theater closures.
Photo by Miki Galloway.

The new, 90-minute Head Over Heels created by Lyric Theatre is choreographed by Amy Reynolds Reed, with music direction by Reagan Casteel, and a fabulously fun… 

*Route 66 landmark-inspired scenic design by Deb Sivigny.  

Written by Jeff Whitty and adapted by James Magruder, the production is based on The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney. Head Over Heels creative designers include: Jeffrey Meek (costumes), Brawna Brinkley Gfeller (wigs), Corey Ray (sound) and Fabian J. Garcia (lighting). Rachel Reiners presides as stage manager.

For more information or tickets to Head Over Heels, visit LyricTheatreOKC.org or call Lyric’s box office at (405) 524-9312. To support the production through individual donations or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kerrie Brinkman-White at (405) 524-9310, ext. 211 or Kerrie@LyricTheatreOKC.org. Additional details about the show can be found at https://lyrictheatreokc.com/shows/head-over-heels/.

For more details about the continuing Lyric 2022 season, visit: https://lyrictheatreokc.com/

Credits: Banner photo by Miki Galloway.


Now Open: TULSA 66: America’s Main Street in the Oil Capital

*Tulsa, Okla., USA –__*Route 66  News from the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum 

A 1934 Pontiac is surrounded by Skelly Oil Co. memorabilia and other artifacts at the current Tulsa Historical Society and Museum exhibit, TULSA 66: America’s Main Street in the Oil Capital.
Photo by Glenda Rice Collins.

Learn more about the historic “Get Your Kicks” scenic American highway star, and Tulsa’s part in it, through this newly-installed, colorful  exhibit, featuring hundreds of historic photographs and nostalgic artifacts. 

From pop culture to icon, “The Mother Road” shares many stories in photos currently displayed at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum during the exhibition, TULSA 66: America’s Main Street in the Oil Capital. Photo by Glenda Rice Collins.

As one of the most famous roads in the U.S., originating in Chicago, Route 66 runs through eight states before ending in Santa Monica, California – a symbol of freedom, mobility, and independence.

Conjuring nostalgic images of small towns, family road-trips, and neon signs, Route 66 became a lasting pop culture icon.

Skelly Oil Co. memorabilia is exhibited near a 1934 Pontiac at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. A nearby traffic signal green light beckons to “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” Photo by Glenda Rice Collins.

The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, with eight exhibit galleries, is located in the historic Travis Mansion at 2445 S. Peoria Ave. just south of the Tulsa Garden Center and Woodward Park. Museum entrance and parking lot are on the northeast side of the building.

Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For additional exhibit and event details, visit https://www.tulsahistory.org/visit/exhibits/ and https://www.tulsahistory.org/?fbclid=IwAR2cQNE9u4GMpk9tQNONLxIYoun27vRWgBi4NGPILH468bNCIbDkmv4hEEU

You can still, “get your kicks on Route 66” driving through Tulsa!


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