A new musical rendition of Cinderella by Das Barbecu's Jim Luigs and Scott Warrender, and Ed Dixon's latest musical, The Spectre Bridegroom, are the highlights of Lyric Stage's 2002-03 season in Irving, TX.
The season opens with a revival of A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine Sept. 28.
Set for the holiday season, Dec. 6-21, Luigs and Warrender's Cinderella saddles an overworked Godmother with a thoroughly modern girl who doesn't want to get married and a rebellious young prince at odds with his royal duties. Luigs and Warrender are best known for their Wagner satire, Das Barbecu, which retells the Ring operas as a Texas-style country-western musical.
Composer-lyricist Dixon, who premiered his musical Richard Cory at the Lyric in 2000, sets Washington Irving's classic tale — of a desperate father who weds his daughter to a wealthy ghost — to music in The Spectre Bridegroom, premiering Feb. 14 March 1, 2003. Dixon, a veteran of stage roles in Broadway's The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Iceman Cometh, received a Drama Desk nomination for his play Shylock. He also penned book, music and lyrics for Fanny Hill, a bawdy musical comedy romp seen in a staging by Goodspeed Musicals and in private readings.
A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, a spoof of 1930s films and a multiple Tony nominee in 1980, plays through Oct. 12. The Texas premiere of Titanic will complete the season, running April 25-May 10, 2003. The annual Dallas Divas! concert, held March 14 and 15, 2003, will again feature 10 of North Texas' best-loved leading ladies. Season subscriptions are $70-$110. The Lyric Stage season plays at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Boulevard. For information, call (971) 252 2787.
— By Christine Ehren