A Lyrical Start To A Fresh New Season
Photo courtesy of Lyric Arts
As more and more theatres open up, that means plenty of season announcements in my inbox. .Last issue, I wrote about the Ordway Center for Performing Arts new season and this week I’m writing about Lyric Arts. Now, I’m a critic so I can’t play favorites, however I am really excited for Lyric Arts’ new season. They are an absolute favorite of mine in the charming town of Anoka, Minnesota. Their upcoming season includes a favorite of mine and a regional premiere of a new musical that many Broadway fans will be excited for.
“Our season is a season filled to the brim with spirited adventure, joyful triumph, suspenseful intrigue, and heart-felt storytelling that highlights and celebrates the many facets of the human spirit,” an email from Lyric Arts said to subscribers.
For tickets, visit www.Lyricarts.org
The 39 Steps
Sept. 24 – Oct. 17 2021
Richard Hannay, your average dashing Londoner, intends to simply take in a show at the London Palladium. But, after shots are fired, he finds himself with a frightened and strongly-accented woman in his arms who claims she is a spy being chased by assassins. When she is found murdered in his flat the next morning, Richard is thrown into a world of deadly espionage with a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” hot on his trail. With a cast of four actors playing over 150 characters, this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat and laughing hysterically.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Nov. 19 – Dec. 19 2021
Based on the beloved Frank Capra film, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, follows selfless and kindhearted George Bailey, who has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. But one Christmas Eve, in the face of financial disaster, George finds himself wishing he had never been born.
[Title of Show]
Jan. 14 – Feb. 6 2022
Jeff and Hunter are two self-described nobodies who decide that writing an original musical and submitting it to a new works festival seems like a perfect idea. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks. In this intelligent, playful, lovable new musical, the audience is treated to an inside look at the tough work of being a creative artist. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [TITLE OF SHOW] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity.
Feb. 25 – March 20, 2022
From the brilliant mind of Agatha Christie comes a spine-tingling tale that weaves mystery and suspense with dark pasts and deadly consequences. After a local woman is killed, seven strangers find themselves stranded during a horrendous blizzard at the remote Monkswell Manor in the English countryside. As the storm intensifies around them, it soon becomes clear that the killer is among the stranded lodgers.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
April 8 – May 8, 2022
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: THE MUSIC OF LEIBER AND STOLLER is the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated musical that throws together show-stopping hits like On Broadway, Stand by Me, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Love Potion No. 9, Spanish Harlem, Yakety Yak and Charlie Brown, while celebrating the humor, passion, and heartbreak of everyday life.
June 3 – 26, 2022
Jo March isn’t what you call your typical prim and proper Victorian lady. She’s rebellious, opinionated, and certainly isn’t afraid to speak her mind. As she and her sisters grow up in the middle of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. But the world around them has other plans.While Jo aspires to become a great American novelist, her sisters–Beth, Meg, and Amy–also tend to their private dreams while juggling society’s expectations of them. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s famous coming-of-age story, this new adaptation by Kate Hamill is filled with the heart, spunk, and beautiful imperfection that makes the March sisters and their story such a timeless classic.
July 15 – August 14, 2022
It’s 1590 in beautiful, plague-ridden England and the Bottom Brothers are desperate to write a play to undermine the success of that Renaissance playwriting rock star, “The Bard!” When the brothers seek aid from the local soothsayer, they learn the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting–all at the same time! To take down their rival, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz…