Written by David Tamez on Wednesday June 19, 2013
Where in Oklahoma can you find actors off Broadway, singing apes, and music from Phil Collins? Only in Lyric Theatre’s production of “Tarzan.” We’ve been following Lyric Theatre for a Gallery segment about their 50th anniversary which will air in November. This week, we got a preview of their latest production.
The show is based on Disney’s animated movie “Tarzan” and features music from Phil Collins. Director Michael Baron is sure you will enjoy the show because there’s lots of excitement and high flying adventure. The show opens next week on Tuesday June 25th and runs through Saturday Jun 29th at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
We sat down with Broadway actor Steve Blanchard who plays Kerchak in this production. Blanchard’s Broadway roles are extensive and include roles like the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast,” and The Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera.” Blanchard says he enjoys coming to Oklahoma and working with Lyric Theatre because Oklahoma City has a great pool of talent and the productions are fun, and well organized.
In addition to Blanchard, other Broadway stars are performing in this production. Nicholas Rodriguez will be playing Tarzan in this production. Rodriguez is no stranger to the role because he played the same role on Broadway. Felicia Boswell will be playing Tarzan’s Mom Kala. Some of Boswell’s previous Broadway roles include: Felicia Cover in “Memphis,” and Deena Lorell in “Dreamgirls.”
Many talented Lyric Theatre thespians are lighting up the stage; including: Heather Botts as Jane, Jamard Richardson as Terk, and Chad Anderson as Professor Porter. The Cast also includes 23 more accomplished Oklahoma adults and children.
For a Gallery preview on this story watch OETA’s ONR on Friday, June 19th at 7 P.M. To purchase tickets for Tarzan or to find out more information about Lyric Theatre visit www.lyrictheatreokc.com.