OKC has phenomenal local talent in theatre, dance and music, making for great live performances all year round. Check out some of these shows in OKC this summer!
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma kicks off its summer season at the Civic Center with family favorite The Sound of Music (June 27-July 2). The 75-member cast and live orchestra will blow you away with the Tony, Grammy and Oscar-winning score, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, “The Sound of Music.” Next up, making its Oklahoma debut is The Prom (July 11-16), which is a hysterical and joyous new musical about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world. Lastly, is Ain’t Misbehavin’ (July 25-30), Lyric’s vibrant, new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, celebrates the music of legendary Fats Waller and the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance.
Oklahoma Shakespeare has two summer productions that will take place in their new, outdoor 200-seat amphitheater. Much Ado About Nothing, which runs Jun 8-18, follows Beatrice and Benedick as they attempt to evade Cupid’s bow. Fate, however, has different plans. Shakespeare in Love tells the story of struggling, young Shakespeare as he is tormented by writer’s block and a love that he cannot have. This production runs August 10-20.
Upcoming at the OKC Ballet, Shorts is made up of three iconic ballets in one performance at the Civic Center Music Hall. For one weekend only is Unboxed, a celebration of contemporary dance by three world-renowned choreographers. These shows are the weekend of May 5 and June 23 respectively. Finally is the fan-favorite Ballet Under the Stars, which takes place September 15. This outdoor performance at Scissortail Park is free and open to the public! Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy an evening of dance and music.
To commemorate the 100th birthday of Clara Luper, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Inasmuch Foundation, with guest artist Karen Slack, will present a concert to celebrate the life courage, vision and activism of Clara Luper on May 13. The Philharmonic commissioned jazz trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe to write the work for orchestra, chorus and narrator. It will truly be a memorable experience.