Lyric Presents “Call Me Madam”

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Perle Mesta-known in Oklahoma and around the world in the 1940's and 1950's as the "hostess with the mostes"-is the inspiration for "Call me Madam."
Tony-award winner Beth Leavel plays the lead character Sally Adams.

Tony Award-Winner Beth Leavel Stars in Lyric’s Rousing Revival of CALL ME MADAM

— Musical comedy based on Oklahoma’s Perle Mesta premieres —

OKLAHOMA CITY — July 13, 2012 — Known as the “hostess with the mostes,” former US minister to Luxembourg and native Oklahoman Perle Mesta left a lasting legacy in Oklahoma City. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma presents CALL ME MADAM, Irving Berlin’s hilarious musical inspired by Mesta, July 24-28 at the Civic Center Music Hall. Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel portrays the lead character Sally Adams and Michael Baron, Lyric’s artistic director and Helen Hayes Award winner, directs.

“We are excited to present a musical with so many Oklahoma ties in its original format, which has rarely been performed over the past 50 years,” said Baron. “Perle Mesta led a fascinating life and the on-stage antics inspired by her are pure entertainment. CALL ME MADAM was a massive hit all over the world when it first premiered and I believe audiences will fall in love with it all over again.”

Leavel was honored with the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. She has appeared in numerous other Broadway productions including BABY IT’S YOU, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and 42NDSTREET. Leavel also previously portrayed Mrs. Hannigan in Lyric’s ANNIE.

Joining Leavel on stage will be Broadway actors Steve Blanchard (Cosmo Constantine), Jeremy Benton (Kenneth Gibson), Adam Heller (Congressman Wilkins) and many other local and regional actors. The production will feature incredible set design by MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’s Adam Koch and period costumes by Jeffrey Meek.

Performances will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday.  For tickets visit, call (405) 524-9312 or visit Lyric’s box office at 1727 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK.

Lyric’s production of CALL ME MADAM is sponsored by American Fidelity Insurance, Deaconess Hospital, Love’s, MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma Spine Hospital and W&W/AFCO Steel.  Annual support is provided by Allied Arts, Inasmuch Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation and Oklahoma Arts Council.


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