Oklahoma isn’t quite Broadway, but thanks to Lyric Theatre, big-scale musicals and theater are essential to the arts scene of Oklahoma City and beyond. Founded in 1963, Lyric has spent the last 50 years bringing classic and contemporary works to the traditional stage and less orthodox venues, including Science Museum Oklahoma. At 50, the company is still known for bringing together Broadway’s brightest local stars and great tales for the modern audience. The company’s big summer series continues in July with The King and I (July 9-13), the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about an English teacher hired by the king of Siam to Westernize his family in 1860s, and the revue-style homage The Will Rogers Follies (July 23-27) at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Lyric also throws in a real treat, Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales (July 18-19) with the famous showman at Plaza Theatre, 1727 NW 16th St. Visit www.lyrictheatreokc.com for show schedules and tickets.

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