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Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Americana Music

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The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, those inspired by Woody Guthrie, and Cole Porter fill the state this weekend and next. This week's OneSix8 gives you the 411 on each event.

Lyric Theatre continues its 2013 season with another classic musical. This time, a British schoolteacher named Anna moves to Siam in the 1860s as the governess for the King Mongkut’s children in“The King and I.”

She falls in love with the kids but struggles with the differences between British and Siamese lifestyles. 

The musical stays true to the original 1951 debut with songs like “Shall We Dance” and “Getting to Know You.” Performances at the Civic Center Music Hall continue through this Saturday.

It’s no secret that Woody Guthrie has impacted American music, not to mention Oklahoma’s folk and roots culture. The singer-songwriter’s hometown of Okemah celebrates its claim to fame this week with the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Musicians like The Damn Quails and John Fullbright perform this weekend alongside Guthrie’s granddaughter Annie. The celebration also includes children’s activities, poetry readings, and film screenings. All evening main stage performances are held at Pastures of Plenty.

Summerstock Productions teams up with the University of Central Oklahoma to present one of Broadway composer Cole Porter’s most well-known musicals (that has caused me much teasing over the years) at the Mitchell Hall Theatre in Edmond.

“Kiss Me, Kate” combines romance troubles, gangsters, and fighting actors as they rehearse for Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” The show-within-a-show features Porter’s famous songs like “So In Love” and “Too Darn Hot.” Summerstock’s cast debuts the musical next Friday at 8:00 p.m. and performances continue through Sunday, the 28th.

To find more concerts, plays, and other events, visit our calendar page

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