This Just In: Silent Sky Review from Talkin' Broadway

This Just In: Silent Sky Review from Talkin' Broadway

Local theater critic, Arthur Dorman was introduced to Lyric Arts when he attended last Saturday's performance of ilent Sky nd his review is in.

"Silent Sky succeeds best at depicting the step by step progress Henrietta makes in her own work, and the chipping away at the barriers to women in her field. Gunderson manages to make the science comprehensible, and captures the emotional involvement between a scientist and her work."

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Announcing the Cast of "Urinetown The Musical"

Announcing the Cast of "Urinetown The Musical"

After a sold out run of A Christmas Story, Resident Director Matt McNabb returns to Lyric Arts to direct the musical Urinetown The Musical which runs March 10th through April 2nd. Urinetown The Musical is the winner of three Tony awards including Best Book of a Musical, Best Score and Best Direction. This hilarious satire  takes place in a Gotham-like city after a 20-year drought that has caused a terrible water shortage. This ultimately leads to the government enforcing a ban on private toilets and even charging citizens to use public ones. As one hero decides to plan a revolution to lead them all to freedom, audiences are taken on a hilarious yet touchingly honest journey which provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms.

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Director's Take: Silent Sky - Opening Jan. 6

Director's Take: Silent Sky - Opening Jan. 6

Ivey Award winning Director Anne Byrd shares her thoughts on Silent Sky

"I am excited to direct Silent Sky because I am always fascinated with stories about people that are lost to history," says Director Anne Byrd.

An area premiere, Silent Sky tells the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

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All We Want for Christmas – A Word from Lyric Arts’ Artistic & Executive Director

All We Want for Christmas – A Word from Lyric Arts’ Artistic & Executive Director

It’s been quite a year! Are you ready for a new one? Lyric Arts is—thanks to you!

Your support has helped make 2016 an incredible year for our “little” theater. Through the contributions of supporters, we have increased the quality of the art we produce, updated essential lighting and sound equipment, and paid small stipends to our actors for the very first time.

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Announcing the Cast of "Silent Sky" and "The Drawer Boy."

Announcing the Cast of "Silent Sky" and "The Drawer Boy."

On January 6th, Silent Sky opens and will be directed by someone new to Lyric Arts, Anne Byrd. This play is a miraculous story about Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer. The true story takes place during the 19th-century and explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. 

The Drawer Boy opens on Feb. 3rd and will be directed by Joshua Campbell, making his Lyric Arts directorial debut. The Drawer Boy was hailed as one of the top ten plays of 2001 by TIME magazine and winner of nearly every Canadian theater award possible. It is a humorous and heartwarming play about the simple pleasures of friendship, storytelling and remembrance.

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Lyric Arts Live Tweets: Hairspray LIVE!

Lyric Arts Live Tweets: Hairspray LIVE!

Lyric Arts tried something new and fun recently with our Artistic & Executive Director, Laura Tahja Johnson and our Administrative Associate, Brett Burger. We had them live tweet during this years NBC Live musical, Hairspray Live! 

They both certainly had a lot to say about the technicalities of the production, the singing and actors. Check out some of their best 7 moments from the night including some of their best tweets. Let us know what you want them to live tweet next! 

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Lyric Arts Honors Military Families in Anoka and Across Minnesota - A Swinney Story

Lyric Arts Honors Military Families in Anoka and Across Minnesota - A Swinney Story

We met Emily and Monica Swinney after a performance of Wait Until Dark and we were struck by their story as a military family.  They had planned as a family to attend Christmas in the Airwaves t Lyric Arts in December 2015 ut were left with one empty seat when Adam was unexpectedly called away to serve. 

This year, they had hoped he would be home to see Christmas Story, ut unfortunately, he is currently serving in Iraq. Emily and Monica plan to attend the show on closing weekend. So, we wanted to take a moment to tell their story in recognition of all that military families do in service of our country. Here is their story.   

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