Tagged with Jay Dias

Finding True Home with Lyric Stage’s “The Golden Apple”

Imagine this : An American Puccini wins a Guggenheim grant and writes an epic American musical score based on Western civilization’s most catalytic Greek myth with a wunderkind “Jules Verne” lyricist in the early 1950’s…. and you have The Golden Apple: exhilarating, stately, saucy, poignant, immersive, seductive, demanding amazing depth, scope and stamina from its … Continue reading

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Bite Down: “The Golden Apple” at Lyric Stage

 1950’s Broadway audiences backed away from The Golden Apple. It was all Greek, all intimidating Classical Greek, to them, they reasoned, even if it was sung in English. It didn’t follow the era’s conventional format for successful musical theatre. Never mind that the critics praised it highly with almost unanimous voice. Never mind that it … Continue reading

Triumph of the Soul’s Dark Night: Lyric Stage’s TITANIC

When I attend Lyric Stage’s resplendent productions I often feel I am not just enjoying superior entertainment, I am gaining a unique, immersive perspective into the richness of the American musical theatre genre not available elsewhere. Peter Stone and Maury Yeston’s “Titanic” fits into that category, at full tilt. From the exquisitely arranged orchestrations conducted by … Continue reading

“Blue Roses”: Lyric Stage’s Ethereal Launch

Blue Roses…Blue roses. Whisper the words aloud and imagine what those roses might look like. Fragile, haunting, tragic, illusory? When lyricist Mimi Turque plucked the words out of Tennessee William’s drama “The Glass Menagerie” to form the title of the adaptation she wrote with composer Nancy Ford, she hoped their collaborative endeavor would capture the … Continue reading

I Do Declare! 1776 at Lyric Stage

“Our do-nothing Congress isn’t worth a darn. All they do is sit on their rich, elitist butts. They squabble over petty issues, insult each other rudely, complain about the weather and refuse to deal with real issues making life tough for the average citizen.” Sound like a polite Facebook post about the 2012 Congress? An … Continue reading

Vintage Perfection: Lyric Stage & The Most Happy Fella

A most happy audience files out of Carpenter Hall at Irving Arts Center, after experiencing the visually resplendent, musically rich performance of Frank Loesser’s genre-defying “The Most Happy Fella”, under the auspices of the Dallas-Fort Worth region’s champion of musical theatre classics, Lyric Stage. Once again, Jay Dias conducts from a unique, fully orchestrated score, … Continue reading

Oklahoma! glows bright @ Lyric Stage

That’s not just a bright golden haze, it’s an effervescent glow spilling out of Carpenter Hall at Irving Arts Center, generated by Lyric Stage’s spectacular production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma!” running through June 24. It’s one of the best regional productions of Summer 2012 and a Best of the Best in a … Continue reading

Rags’ Resplendent Riches @ Lyric Stage

Nothing ragged about Lyric Stage’s current production of the 1986 Tony nominated Rags, created by the top-flight musical theatre trio Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof, book), Charles Strouse (Annie, music) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, lyrics). A visually elegant performance placed within an austere but evocative setting with strong acting and superb singing in compliment … Continue reading

No Average Bump & Grind: Lyric Stage’s “Gypsy”

Everything does seem to be “coming up roses” for Irving’s Lyric Stage these days, where mounting one fully orchestrated classic musical theatre production after another gives regional and national artists and audiences alike the chance to experience the shows in fully restored auditory splendor. The current offering, Gypsy, (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen … Continue reading