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Metro theaters feature smokin' stage productions for summer



Beehive: The '60s Musical
I Am My Own Wife
Much Ado About Nothing
Debbie Does Dallas
The Sound of Music
The Shape of Things
Annie Get Your Gun

Everybody cuts "Footloose" (June 5-14) over at Summerstock Productions in Edmond with the hit musical, to be followed by another, "The Will Rogers Follies" (July 10-19).

In Guthrie, The Pollard Theatre celebrates the era of free love and rock 'n' roll with "Beehive: The '60s Musical" (June 6-28), featuring renditions of songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Connie Francis and others.

On a much more serious note, the Oklahoma City Theatre Company stages the true story "I Am My Own Wife" (June 6-29), the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play about a German transvestite.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park hopes there's much ado about "Much Ado About Nothing" (June 12-28), which it will follow up later in the season with "The Three Musketeers" (July 3-31) and "Richard III" (Aug. 7-30).

Carpenter Square Theatre does the musical comedy "Debbie Does Dallas" (June 20-July 12), based upon the legendary 1978 porn film of the same name, about a small-town girl finding the secret to success for her cheerleader dreams.

The hills are alive at Lyric Theatre with the ever-popular "The Sound of Music" (June 24-28). Three other musicals are slated for the remainder of Lyric's season, with "Swing!" (July 8-12), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (July 22-26) and "Urine-town: The Musical" (Aug. 5-9).

Oh, the places you'll go when Dr. Seuss' colorful characters "? including The Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant "? come to life in "Seussical" (July 18-Aug. 3), at the Poteet Little Theatre.

Ghostlight Theatre Club continues its mission of specializing in the edgy when it presents "The Shape of Things" (July 5-26), a play by film director Neil LaBute ("Nurse Betty"). Made into a 2003 movie, the work follows four college students in a game of emotional manipulation.

Jewel Box Theatre takes aim at an old standard in Irving Berlin's classic musical "Annie Get Your Gun" (Aug. 21-Sept. 14), an all-ages story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who gained fame as part of Buffalo Bill's touring "Wild West Show." 

"?Rod Lott


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