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`SONG OF SINGAPORE,’ `OKLAHOMA!’ WILL OPEN

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's landmark musical, "Oklahoma," is opening this week at two regional festivals - the Utah Musical Theatre series in Ogden and Sundance Summer Theatre - and the exotic, jazzy "Song of Singapore" is entering the Old Lyric Repertory Company lineup in Logan. In addition, Sundance is opening the first of its two Sundance Children's Theatre productions, "Phoebe's Closet."

Here are the details:- SONG OF SINGAPORE, a campy musical comedy that was a big hit off-Broadway, has a seedy waterfront nightclub, the impending disaster of approaching war and a mismatched jazz band as its backdrop.

The second of this season's Old Lyric Repertory Company shows to open, this is a parody of 1940s war movies.

Sid Perkes, who is directing, said "It is very much tongue-in-cheek, with stereotypical characters from movies like those starring Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart."

The characters include a blind band leader, a torch singer with amnesia, an expatriate Brooklyn ball player on the run, a ruined Dutch planter, a corrupt police inspector and a mysterious Chinese dragon lady.

Although the show is traditionally staged in a cabaret, allowing for a great deal of audience interaction, this aspect will be somewhat limited in the historic Lyric Theater.

Perkes said members of a Logan band, Mirage, will portray the nightclub performers - Slim, Slam, Stump and Zoot.

The cast includes Lego Louis, Linda Mugleston, Tamari Anne West, W. Lee Daily, Edythe Wagstaff, Stuart Lewis, Stephen Terry and Don Falsle, with Mike Christiansen, Doug James, Eric Nelson and Jim Schaub in the band.

"Singapore" plays in repertory with "Lend Me a Tenor," "Lettice and Lovage" and "The Unexpected Guest."

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the Lyric Theatre, 28 West Center Street in Logan. It continues Friday and Saturday, with eight more performances through August.

Tickets range from $5 to $10 and are available at the Spectrum Ticket Office and at the Taggart Student Center information desk on the Utah State University campus. Season subscribers receive a 25 percent savings on tickets for all four OLRC plays. A Season Sampler (eight coupons for any performance of any play) is available at a 15 percent savings.

Tickets may be ordered by calling 797-0305.

- OKLAHOMA! has already been staged a couple of times around the Wasatch Front in recent months, joining theater troupes across the country paying tribute to the landmark musical's 50th anniversary.

Theatergoers now have two more semiprofessional editions to choose from: indoors for the next 2 1/2 weeks as part of the summer stock series at Utah Musical Theatre in Ogden, or all summer long (in repertory with "Take Me Along") on the Sundance Summer Theatre roster.

- The Utah Musical Theatre version, directed and choreographed by James C. Christian, will run Mondays-Saturdays, July 1-16, at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee scheduled for Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m., in the Allred Theatre of Weber State University's Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts.

Christian's cast, a mix of guest artists and musical theater students from throughout the country, includes Timothy Lake, Christine Long, Lori Schoon-maker, David B. Spangenthal, Scott A. Hopkins, Brad Hoffner and Janna Lydia Ravel, along with a supporting cast of 25 singers and dancers.

Admission is $12 for adults and $11 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the Dee Events Center (626-8500), the Thornton center at Hill AFB, Golden Spike Arena and Ogden City Mall.

Other UMT productions this season include "Red Hot and Cole," a Cole Porter musical revue, July 8-Aug. 27 in the intimate Monson Theatre, and "The Pajama Game" (July 22-Aug. 6) and "City of Angels" (Aug. 12-27) in the Allred Theatre.

- Sundance Summer Theatre's edition of "Oklahoma!" stars David Tinney and Kimberly Walker Wright as Curley and Laurie. (Tinney also just finished directing "Celebrating the Light" for Promised Valley Playhouse.)

The preview performance will be Thursday, June 30, with regular performances following on Friday and Saturday of this week and Tuesday-Saturday next week ( July 5-9), all at 8 p.m., after which it will play Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, July 16-Sept. 3, in repertory with "Take Me Along" (Wednesdays-Fridays).

Weekday admission is $9 for lawn seating, $10 for side aise seats and $12 for center aisle seats. On weekends the tickets are priced at $12, $13 and $15.

There are also several discounts available: a "family night" package for four or more, on Mondays and Thursdays; "student nights" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and senior citizens' nights Mondays-Thursdays. The discount rates are $8 for side aisles and $10 in the center. Call 225-4100 for reservations or 328-3456 (Amy) for group rates.

- PHOEBE'S CLOSET is a new comedy-drama by Mary Gail, which was developed last year as part of the renowned Sundance Children's Theatre Playwrights Lab.

Featuring lively music by Michael Silversher, it tells about a fearful latchkey child who spends her after-school hours hiding in the closet. When a moth is seen nibbling on an overcoat, Phoebe follows it with her finger and is drawn through a button hole into an amazing galaxy where she learns about tolerance, compassion and overcoming her fears.

Performances will be Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at both 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for children and $6 for adults.

Box office: 225-4100.