While Broadway is revealing adaptations of movies this season (ROCKY and Bullets Over Broadway just to name two), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will stage the first ever production of the new musical Triangle. The show is directed by Lyric’s Artistic Director Michael Baron and is written by Curtis Moore (music and book), Thomas Mizer (lyrics and book) and Joshua Scher (book). The production runs from March 26 through April 5 at the Plaza Theatre.
This original mystery/romance is set against the backdrop of New York City’s infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Two couples from different eras—a 1911 Jewish seamstress and her Italian foreman and in 2011, a graduate student and a free-spirited stranger—discover what it means to risk everything you have and everything you believe for love.
Broadway’s Megan McGinnis (Beauty and the Beast, Little Women), Adam Halpin (Rent) and Adam Heller (Les Misérables and Lyric’s Call Me Madam) lead the cast of six. Following each performance, there will be a talk back with Baron and the creative team, as well as members of the theatre community. Patrons are encouraged to stay after the show to join the conversation and learn more about the development of Triangle.
“This is truly a unique and important opportunity for us,” said Baron. “It has always been one of my goals to not only reinterpret the classics, but also create new works right here at Lyric. I first saw a reading of this wonderful new musical at The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s New Works Festival in New York City in the fall of 2012. I instantly approached the composers and asked them if they would be interested in having Triangle developed ‘on its feet’ at Lyric with the first full production. With a cast of Broadway regulars and local favorites and a creative team from New York and Oklahoma, this journey promises to be an exciting one I hope you take with us.”
“The show was inspired by two things,” says Triangle’s lyricist and book co-writer Thomas Mizer. “First, we’d always been touched and intrigued by the story of the Triangle Fire. But when I moved to New York, I was walking through the NYU area and was stopped in my tracks. There was the building. It looks exactly the same as it did at the time of the fire. The fire gutted the inside but the structure was basically untouched. And something about that space, the layers of lives going on in and around that place 100 years apart seemed theatrical. When you get up to the ninth floor (where most of the women killed in the fire worked), it is filled with science labs, some rooms with long tables in rows… just like the long sewing tables of 1911. It gives you goose bumps.”
“Second, after 9/11, I think all of us living in New York, and probably beyond, were left with an overwhelming sense of the impermanence of life, the sudden chaos in the world. Instead of looking at the tragedy of these situations, which happen again and again, we wanted to look at how you live in the face of such uncertainty. What can we hold on to? It seemed there was something brave and ultimately resilient in human nature that we could look at and explore.”
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
1725 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK
March 26 – April 5