Nick Demos Will Exit Lyric Theatre of OK to Pursue Commercial Projects

News   Nick Demos Will Exit Lyric Theatre of OK to Pursue Commercial Projects Oklahoma City's Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is losing its artistic director, Nick Demos, after nine seasons.

Demos expects to remain with the Lyric through 2008, "and may also stay on through part of 2009 in a supervisory capacity."

He's off to direct and produce full time in the commercial theatre. His company, Demos Bizar Entertainment, is already involved with the national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone; Off-Broadway's Make Me a Song; and Vanities, the musical, which is aiming for a Broadway bow in the 2008-09 season.

Under Demos, Lyric Theatre has seen "unprecedented growth," the theatre announced. Demos and executive director Paula Stover "transitioned the company from a summer theatre residing at the Oklahoma City University campus into a year-round theatre company with a children's academy, administrative and production offices, rehearsal spaces and two new performance venues."

Lyric Theatre has enjoyed national attention under Demos, most recently with a production of Oklahoma! that starred Broadway's Kelli O'Hara.

Lyric Theatre is now seeking a year-round artistic director for the 45-year-old professional theatre. The artistic director works in collaboration with the executive director to produce four summer musicals in the 2,500-seat Civic Center Music Hall and several musicals, plays and student academy shows in the new, Lyric-owned 278 seat Plaza Theatre. For more information visit www.lyrictheatreokc.com.

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