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On Stage With Summer Lyric Theatre

April 14, 2008

New Wave staff

Season tickets go on sale today (April 14) for the 41st season of Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University. Summer Lyric is producing two premieres for the Dixon Hall stage — Pal Joey and Li'l Abner— and re-envisioning a classic: OKLAHOMA!

Ian Carney

Broadway veteran Ian Carney stars in the title role in Summer Lyric Theatre's first show this season, Pal Joey. (Photo by Michael Palumbo)

The season opens June 19–22 with Pal Joey, billed as the penultimate collaboration by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

Summer Lyric's staging of Pal Joey will star Broadway veteran Ian Carney in the title role. Many people know the play from the Oscar-nominated film starring Frank Sinatra and from the timeless songs "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

The show will be directed by B. Michael Howard, Summer Lyric Theatre's artistic director, and choreographed by Edmond Kresley.

The second show of the season is the ever-popular Li'l Abner, running July 10–13. The Tony Award–winning, foot-stomping musical is taken directly from the comics, with numbers including "If I Had My Druthers," "Jubilation T. Cornpone," "Namely You," "Love in a Home," "Progress Is the Root of All Evil," "Rag Off'n the Bush" and "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands."

Director Diane Lala and choreographer Kresley promise a fun-filled show for the whole family.

Closing the season July 31–August 3 is OKLAHOMA! The Pulitzer Prize and multi-Tony Award winner written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was deemed "Best Musical of the Century" by the New York Drama League.

Set at the beginning of the century, the musical features the popular tunes, "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" "People Will Say We're in Love," and "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top." This production by Summer Lyric seeks to create an OKLAHOMA! that will seem contemporary and timeless. It will be directed by Kresley with choreography by Matthew Neff (of the Broadway revival tour).

Performances of each production take place at the Brandt V. B. Dixon Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus at Tulane University. Show schedules are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 p.m. with one matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be no Saturday matinee.

Season tickets may be purchased now in person at the Dixon Hall box office or charged by phone at 504-865-5269. Single show tickets go on sale May 12.

Want to see one of the performances for free? Charlie Hayes, operations manager for Summer Lyric Theatre, says the company still needs front-of-house volunteers to help tear tickets, hand out programs and seat patrons. If interested, e-mail Hayes or call at 504-865-5269.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000