Lyric Theatre is taking its entire 2021 season outside due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oklahoma City professional theater has announced an all-outdoor five-show season that will include popular titles such as “Nunsense,” “Grease” and “A Christmas Carol,”the Tony-winning play “Master Class” and a new one-woman show. The 2021 lineup also will have the nonprofit company romping from the Myriad Botanical Gardens to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School to the Harn Homestead.
“It’s one thing to get creative for ‘A Christmas Carol’ and find the right venue that fits, that matches the themes of the show and would work well together. But it’s a more challenging puzzle to pick a whole season of five shows where the venue works, the time of year works, and it’s still safe,” Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director, told The Oklahoman.
“So, it took a little longer, but what we came up with was, one, a season that we can produce, both safely and financially. And then, two, we’re able to do five shows, which is what we postponed last year.”
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lyric Theatre only performed one title on its 2020 subscription season — the two-woman show “Having Our Say” — before opting last spring to postpone all remaining shows on its 2020 subscription season to 2021.
It was the first time in 56 years that the venerable arts organization did not bring a summer season of musical theater to an Oklahoma City stage.
Baron and his cohorts originally planned to carry over all remaining titles on the 2020 season to this year, but due to the ongoing pandemic, the world premiere Native American musical “Distant Thunder,” the family-friendly “Matilda,” the Tony winner “Kinky Boots” and the Shakespeare-meets-The-Go-Gos romp “Head Over Heels” have been further delayed.