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Oklahoma Senior Follies a rousing tribute to life and love

Darla Shelden Story by on August 14, 2015 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Back row, from left: PAST Senior Follies Beauty Sandra Naifeh and the immortal Count Gregor (John Ferguson). From row: Follies director Terry Runnels and performer Jim Hemline. Photo provided

Back row, from left: PAST Senior Follies Beauty Sandra Naifeh and the immortal Count Gregor (John Ferguson). From row: Follies director Terry Runnels and performer Jim Hemline. Photo provided

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor

OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2015 Oklahoma Senior Follies is a rousing tribute to life and love, bringing together the elder statesmen and stateswomen of performance art in the Sooner State.

Under the direction of veteran theatrical genius Terry Runnels, faces familiar and new to us brought good humor and refinement to this annual gala–  building on and modernizing the style and pizzaz that  electrified American theatre in the “Ziegfield Follies” of old.

We’re leaving some out (but will make up for that in a later review) but highlights included the Oklahoma City Codgers (a play on the local ball club’s real name), the ladies of the troupe collaborating to sing “Match.com” (adapting the “Matchmaker” tune from “Fiddler on the Roof”), 96-year-old pianist Mercedes Russo in a glorious Gershwin Medley, Generations in Tap, Barbara Demaio’s rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Along,” and the Follies’ dance pair of Susan and Mark O’brien.

Enthusiasts of the Follies are reminded of the move to the University of Central Oklahoma’s Mitchell Hall. For newcomers to the show, the performance staff at UCO have sustained the tradition of excellence set during the show’s early years at Oklahoma City University.

Opening night is tonight (Friday, August 14). Curtain goes up at 7 p.m.

The Saturday and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.

For ticket information, visit TicketStorm.com, telephone 886-966-1777, or visit www.okseniorfollies.com.

NOTE: A longer review will appear late today (Friday, August 14).

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