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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lyric Theatre postpones eagerly awaited world premiere Native American musical 'Distant Thunder' to fall

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"Distant Thunder" director Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and co-writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett, from left, pose for a photo in the Lyric Theater costume room in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 2, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]
"Distant Thunder" director Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and co-writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett, from left, pose for a photo in the Lyric Theater costume room in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 2, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Due to growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Lyric Theatre has decided to postpone its eagerly awaited world-premiere production of the Native American musical "Distant Thunder." 

The production was intially scheduled to run March 25 through April 11 at Lyric's Plaza Theatre. Now, "Distant Thunder" is slated to make its premiere Sept. 23 and run through Oct. 11 in the Plaza District. 

“Our top priority is the health and safety of Lyric Theatre’s patrons, as well as the scores of actors, musicians, technicians, ushers, and many dedicated professionals who work at our theatre,” said Lyric Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming you back to Lyric’s Plaza Theatre, so you may continue to experience the joy, heart and hope our productions bring to audiences at each and every performance.”

In light of the current health climate, Lyric joins many other arts organizations with venues our size and larger in taking precautions, recognizing that growing concerns and risks of close gatherings are too significant to overcome at this time.

In fall, "Distant Thunder" will replace the previously scheduled run of "Head Over Heels," which will move to Lyric's 2021 season, according to a news release. 

Ticketholders were notified Friday of the change. Lyric's Box Office will automatically transfer subscribers' tickets to the show's new fall run and will mail those tickets to patrons in late summer.  This schedule change does not affect Lyric's three shows this summer at the Civic Center Music Hall.

As previously reported, "Distant Thunder" is part of the nonprofit theater's New Works Initiative and has been getting national attention from the musical theater community and statewide attention from Oklahoma's many tribal nations.  

A rare Native American musical, the show's book was penned by the mother-and-son team of Lynne Taylor-Corbett, a two-time Tony-nominated choreographer who also devised the dance sequences for the films "Footloose" and "My Blue Heaven," and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, a performer in the original Broadway production of Lin Manuel-Miranda's "In The Heights" who of Blackfeet ancestry.

Patrons with any questions are advised to call Lyric's Box Office at 524-9312, starting Wednesday. The Box Office team is working diligently to adjust ticketing in the interim.

-BAM 

Related Photos
"Distant Thunder" director Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and co-writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett, from left, pose for a photo in the Lyric Theater costume room in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 2, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

"Distant Thunder" director Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and co-writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett, from left, pose for a photo in the Lyric Theater costume room in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 2, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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