The Lyric Stage Company of Boston

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The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is the oldest professional theatre company in Boston.[1] Founded in 1974, the Lyric Stage Company is a non-profit organization located at 140 Clarendon Street in the YWCA building. It has been under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos since 1998.[2] The theatre produces about seven plays and musicals each season and is especially well known for its productions of Stephen Sondheim musicals.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Lyric Stage Theatre.jpg
Inside the theatre of the Lyric Stage
Address140 Clarendon Street
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
TypeNon-profit
Capacity234[3]
Opened1974[4]
Years active43
Website
https://www.lyricstage.com/

Mission[edit]

The mission of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston is to produce intimate, challenging and entertaining theatre; reflect the tastes and backgrounds of 21st century Boston; and provide a home for Boston-based theatre artists to establish and expand their careers.[5] It accomplishes this through outreach programs, employment, training, and development opportunities.

History[edit]

Building[edit]

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston was founded in 1974 by Ron Ritchell and Polly Hogan and began performances in the Community Church on Boylston Street. Two years later, the Lyric Stage moved to a theatre at 56 Charles Street.[6] The stage was less than 300 square feet and sat no more than 103 audience members. The Lyric Stage moved again 140 Clarendon Street where it currently resides. The current theatre is almost triple the original size, includes a band loft, and seats 234.[7]

Theatre[edit]

The Lyric Stage's first season consisted of Antigone and The Second Man. The Importance of Being Earnest was its first production at 54 Charles Street; the theatre at 140 Clarendon opened with a production of Red Hot & Cole.[8] In its 1995-96 season, the Lyric Stage's production of Whoop-Dee-Doo! earned the theatre its first Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Designer. The theatre's first large-scale musical production occurred in its 2001-02 season with Sunday in the Park with George. A 2014 production of Into the Woods is the highest grossing run in Lyric Stage history.[9]

Community Involvement[edit]

As part of its mission to support the Boston theatre scene, the Lyric Stage is committed to casting and hiring local playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and musicians. Since its founding, the Lyric Stage has employed over 800 actors and 160 designers.[10]

Fresh Ink Theatre Partnership[edit]

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston develops new plays through its partnership with Fresh Ink Theatre.[11] This initiative supports playwrights, actors and directors through the development of new works.

Lyric First Stage[edit]

Lyric First stage is a summer program designed for young artists to gain theatrical experience.[12] The program consists of professional mentors who teach a company of teenagers through workshops in music, text, and movement. At the end of each Lyric First Stage program, these young artists perform fully staged productions for a live audience.

Lyric First Curtain[edit]

Lyric First Curtain is an educational initiative which gives Boston educators the ability to include drama in their curriculum.[13] This program gives students the opportunity to experience theatre, which they may not otherwise have access to, and delivers theatre education to local communities. Lyric First Curtain is currently in residence at McKinley School (Boston Public Schools) and at the Dudley Public Library.

Past Productions[edit]

Season Show 1 Show 2 Show 3 Show 4 Show 5 Show 6 Show 7 Show 8 Show 9
1974-1975 Antigone The Second Man
1975-1976 Oedipus Rex Ghosts
1976-1977 The Importance of Being Earnest The Glass Menagerie A Child's Christmas in Wales The Lady's Not for Burning The Homecoming The Master Builder
1977-1978 Mrs. Warren's Profession A Child's Christmas in Wales Hedda Gabler The Little Foxes
1978-1979 The Autumn Garden A Child's Christmas in Wales A Moon for the Misbegotten Playboy of the Western World Old Times The Philanderer Relatively Speaking
1979-1980 Much Ado about Nothing The Show-Off A Child's Christmas in Wales A Touch of Poet You Never Can Tell Antigone
1980-1981 Hedda Gabler The Glass Menagerie A Child's Christmas in Wales Juno and the Paycock Arms and the Man The Price The Norman Conquests
1981-1982 All My Sons The Norman Conquests A Child's Christmas in Wales The Master Builder The Little Foxes Misalliance The Plough and the Stars
1982-1983 Twain's Folly Private Lives A Child's Christmas in Wales The Diary of Anne Frank A Moon for the Misbegotten Streamers Mrs. Warren's Profession You Can’t Take It with You The True Irving Rifkin
1983-1984 Goodly Creatures Loot A Child's Christmas in Wales Blithe Spirit Awake and Sing Taking Steps You Can Never Tell
1984-1985 Handy Dandy Another Part of the Forest A Child's Christmas in Wales A View from the Bridge French without Tears Playboy of the Western World
1985-1986 Widowers’ Houses Juno and the Paycock A Child's Christmas in Wales Painting Churches Harvey Absurd Person Singular Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1986-1987 And a Nightingale Sang The Norman Conquests A Child's Christmas in Wales The Hasty Heart A Streetcar Named Desire Candida Quartermaine's Terms
1987-1988 The Price Hay Fever How the Other Half Loves A Child's Christmas in Wales The Bishop's Bonfire What the Butler Saw The Common Pursuit
1988-1989 What the Butler Saw The Big Knife A Child's Christmas in Wales Arms and the Man Present Laughter The Caretaker Not About Heroes
1989-1990 Bedroom Farce The Autumn Garden A Child's Christmas in Wales The Vortex Otherwise Engaged A Shayna Maidel
1990-1991 Misalliance Woman in Mind A Child's Christmas in Wales The Diary of Anne Frank Butley Drinking in America A Thurber Reunion Fallen Angels
1991-1992 Red Hot and Cole A Christmas Carol Ghosts You Never Can Tell "Master Harold"...and the Boys Our Country's Good The Man Who Came to Dinner
1992-1993 The Liar Widowers’ Houses A Child's Christmas in Wales American Buffalo The Mystery of Irma Vep Rodgers & Hart: A Celebration The Price Tales of Sholem Aleichman
1993-1994 From Boston to Portland: The Fred Allen Story The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me A Child's Christmas in Wales The Substance of Fire A Woman of No Importance My Astonishing Self Pump Boys and Dinettes
1994-1995 The Philanderer Good Evening A Child's Christmas in Wales An Ideal Husband Mrs. Warren's Profession Time of My Life
1995-1996 Whoop-Dee-Doo! Hay Fever Lady Windermere's Fan A Child's Christmas in Wales Oedipus Rex Not About Heroes
1996-1997 Entertaining Mr. Sloane Candida A Child's Christmas in Wales Blithe Spirit Speed-the-Plow How the Other Half Loves Juno and the Paycock
1997-1998 Antigone Pygmalion A Child's Christmas in Wales Laughter on the 23rd Floor Present Laughter The Heiress Lost in Yonkers
1998-1999 What the Butler Saw Assassins A Christmas Carol & The Night Before Christmas The Miser The Baltimore Waltz Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story When Pigs Fly
1999-2000 Morning's at Seven The Old Settler She Loves Me The Comedy of Errors Communicating Doors The Judas Kiss The World Goes ‘Round
2000-2001 Side Man A…My Name Will Always Be Alice Inspecting Carol The Complete History of America (Abridged) No Way to Treat a Lady Over the River and Through the Woods The Curse of the Bambino
2001-2002 Sunday in the Park with George Lobby Hero Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical The Miracle Worker The Lisbon Traviata Glengarry Glen Ross Lend Me a Tenor
2002-2003 Dirty Blonde The Gig Epic Proportions Beyond Belief It’s All True 2 Lives Side Show
2003-2004 When Pigs Fly Book of Days Meshuggah-Nuns! Private Lives The Spitfire Grill The Mercy Seat Noises Off
2004-2005 A Little Night Music Ears on a Beatle Fully Committed The Glass Menagerie Red Herring Living Out Shakespeare in Hollywood
2005-2006 Urinetown: The Musical A Number Crowns The Underpants The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Talley’s Folly Kong’s Night Out
2006-2007 1776 Nine Parts of Desire See What I Wanna See Souvenir Miss Witherspoon Arms and The Man
2007-2008 Man of La Mancha Dying City This Wonderful Life Adrift in Macao The Scene Three Tall Women The Importance of Being Earnest
2008-2009 Follies November The Mystery of Irma Vep The Year of Magical Thinking Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Speech and Debate Grey Gardens
2009-2010 Kiss Me, Kate Dead Man’s Cell Phone Shipwrecked! An Entertainment Groundswell Legacy of Light Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Blithe Spirit
2010-2011 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby The Understudy My Name Is Asher Lev Broke-ology Animal Crackers
2011-2012 Big River Or, Ain’t Misbehavin’ Superior Donuts Time Stands Still The Temperamentals Avenue Q
2012-2013 The Mikado The Chosen Chinglish 33 Variations Stones in His Pockets By the Way, Meet Vera Stark On the Town
2013-2014 One Man, Two Guvnors Water by the Spoonful Becky's New Car Working Death of a Salesman Rich Girl Into the Woods
2014-2015 Sweeney Todd Dear Elizabeth The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Red Hot Patriot Intimate Apparel City of Angels Light Up the Sky
2015-2016 My Fair Lady Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Buyer & Cellar Sondheim on Sondheim Fast Company Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Peter and the Starcatcher
2016-2017 Company Warrior Class Murder for Two Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Stage Kiss Barbecue Camelot
2017-2018 Gypsy Souvenir Hold These Truths Road Show Virginia Woolf's Orlando Anna Christie The Wiz
2018-2019 Kiss of the Spider Woman The Roommate Breath & Imagination The Wolves The Little Foxes Twelfth Night Pacific Overtures

Ref[14]

Awards[edit]

2018[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor

Will McGarrahan, Souvenir

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress

Leigh Barrett, Gypsy and Souvenir

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Musical Theater

Summer L. Williams, Barbecue[15]

2017[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress, Midsize Theatre

Paula Plum, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Production, Midsize Theatre

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • IRNE Award - Best Projection Design

Seaghan McKay, Sondheim on Sondheim

2016[edit]

  • IRNE Award - Best Solo Performance

Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress, Midsize (Drama)

Lindsey McWhorter, Intimate Apparel

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress, Musical

Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

  • IRNE Award - Best Director, Musical

Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical

My Fair Lady

  • IRNE Award - Special Award for Valiant Replacement

Paula Plum, Red Hot Patriot

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Production, Midsize, Small or Fringe

My Fair Lady

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress, Midsize

Cloteal Horne, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Solo Performance

Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Midsize

Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

  • Elliot Norton Award - Musical Performance by an Actress

Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

2015[edit]

  • IRNE Award - Best Lighting Design

Franklin Meissner, Jr., Sweeney Todd

  • IRNE Award - Best Ensemble, Midsize

Into the Woods

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actress, Midsize (Drama)

Paula Plum, Death of a Salesman

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor, Midsize (Drama)

Kelby T. Akin, Death of a Salesman

  • IRNE Award - Best Director of a Musical

Spiro Veloudos, Into the Woods

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical

Into the Woods

  • IRNE Award - Best Play, Midsize

Death of a Salesman

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actor, Midsize

Nael Nacer, Intimate Apparel

  • Elliot Norton Award - Best Director, Midsize

Spiro Veloudos, Into the Woods

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress

Aimee Doherty, Into the Woods

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Production

Into the Woods

2014[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress

Aimee Doherty, On the Town

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Play

John Davin, One Man, Two Guvnors

2013[edit]

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical

Avenue Q

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress in a Play

Celeste Oliva, Chinglish

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress in a Musical

Erica Spyres, Avenue Q

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

David Kravitz, The Mikado

  • IRNE Award - Best Music Director

Catherine Stornetta, Avenue Q

  • IRNE Award - Best Director of a Musical

Spiro Veloudos, Avenue Q

  • IRNE Award - Best Puppet Appearance

Avenue Q

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Production

Avenue Q

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Ensemble

Avenue Q

2011[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Production

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director

Spiro Veloudos & Courtney O'Connor, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actor

Johnny Lee Davenport, Broke-ology

2010[edit]

  • IRNE Award - Best Play by Midsize Company

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

  • IRNE Award - Best Director of a Drama

Spiro Veloudos, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor

Jason Powers, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

  • IRNE Award - Best Ensemble

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

  • IRNE Award - Best Lighting

Scott Clyve, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

2009[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Production

Speech & Debate

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director

Scott Edmiston, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical

Grey Gardens

  • IRNE Award - Best Music Director

Jonathan Goldberg, Grey Gardens and Kiss Me, Kate

  • IRNE Award - Best Director (Musical)

Spiro Veloudos, Grey Gardens and Kiss Me, Kate

2007[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Production

Miss Witherspoon

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress

Paula Plum, Miss Witherspoon

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actor

Larry Coen, Miss Witherspoon

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Design

Dewey Dellay, Miss Witherspoon

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Leigh Barrett, Souvenir

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical

Man of La Mancha

  • IRNE Award - Best Director of a Musical

Spiro Veloudos, Man of La Mancha

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical Director

Jonathan Goldberg, Man of La Mancha

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress in a Musical

Caroline DeLima, Man of La Mancha

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Robert Saoud, Man of La Mancha

  • IRNE Award - Best Lighting

Scott Clyve, Man of La Mancha

  • IRNE Award - Best Set Design

Janie E. Howland, Man of La Mancha

2006[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence

Spiro Veloudos

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama

Paula Plum, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?

  • IRNE Award - Best Solo Performance

Lanna Joffrey, 9 Parts of Desire

  • IRNE Award - Best Actor in a Musical

1776, Peter A. Carey

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor/Musical

1776, Timothy John Smith

2005[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress

Andrea Ross, A Little Night Music

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical Production

Urinetown

  • IRNE Award - Best Choreography

Ilyse Robbins, Urinetown

  • IRNE Award - Best Direction

Spiro Veloudos, Urinetown

2004[edit]

  • IRNE Award - Best Musical Production

A Little Night Music

  • IRNE Award - Best Director of a Musical

Spiro Veloudos, A Little Night Music

  • IRNE Award - Best Music Direction

Jon Goldberg, A Little Night Music

  • IRNE Award - Best Actor in a Musical

Christopher Chew, A Little Night Music

  • IRNE Award - Best Actress in a Musical

Maryann Zschau, A Little Night Music

  • IRNE Award - Best Costume Design

David Cabral, A Little Night Music, Noises Off

2003[edit]

  • Theatre Hero Award -

Spiro Veloudos

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actress

Ellen Colton, Beyond Belief

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor/Musical

Steven Barkheimer, Book of Days

  • IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Brian Robinson, When Pigs Fly, Side Show

2002[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Production

Sunday in the Park with George

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actor

Robert Pemberton, Lobby Hero

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Costume Design

Gail Astrid Buckley, Curse of the Bambino

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Musical

Sunday in the Park with George

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Director

Spiro Veloudos, Sunday in the Park with George

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Actress

Maryann Zschau, No Way to Treat a Lady, Sunday in the Park with George

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Actor

Jason Schuchman, Lobby Hero

2001[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actor

Phillip Patrone, Side Man

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress

Bobbie Steinbach, Over The River and Through the Woods

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Actress

Bobbie Steinbach, Over The River and Through the Woods

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Choreographer

Ilyse Robbins, She Love Me, A... My Name Will Always Be Alice

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor

Philip Patrone, Side Man

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Supporting Actress

Jacqui Parker, A... My Name Will Always be Alice

2000[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Production

The Old Settler

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress

Jacqui Parker, The Old Settler

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director

Spiro Veloudos, Lost in Yonkers, Assassins, Never the Sinner

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Production

The Old Settler

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Director

Lois Roach, The Old Settler

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Actress

Jacqui Parker, The Old Settler

  • IRNE Award - Outstanding Actor

Steve McConnell, The Judas Kiss

1999[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress

Sheila Ferrini, Lost in Yonkers

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Direction

Spiro Veloudos, Lost in Yonkers, Assassins, Never the Sinner

  • Best of Boston - Best Theatre Artistic Director

Spiro Veloudos

1997[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Production

Speed-The-Plow

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Designer

Janie Fliegel, Speed-the-Plow/Blithe Spirit

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Actress

Dee Nelson, Blithe Spirit

1995[edit]

  • Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Designer

Howard Crabtree, Whoop-Dee-Doo

Ref[16] [17] [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston's Theater District".
  2. ^ "The Big Daddy of Boston's Resident Theatres, Spiro Veloudos". Berkshire Fine Arts.
  3. ^ "Lyric Stage Box Office".
  4. ^ Friedman, Arthur (November 1, 1991). "The Lyric Stage Spreads its Wings". The Boston Herald.
  5. ^ "Lyric Stage Mission".
  6. ^ Friedman, Arthur (November 1, 1991). "The Lyric Stage Spreads its Wings". The Boston Herald.
  7. ^ Friedman, Arthur (November 1, 1991). "The Lyric Stage Spreads its Wings". The Boston Herald.
  8. ^ "Lyric Stage History".
  9. ^ "Lyric Stage History".
  10. ^ "Lyric Stage Mission".
  11. ^ "Kong's Night Out".
  12. ^ "Lyric First Stage".
  13. ^ "Lyric First Curtain".
  14. ^ "Lyric Stage Production Archive".
  15. ^ "The 36th Annual Elliot Norton Award Recipients" (PDF). The Elliot Norton Awards. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  16. ^ "Lyric Stage Awards".
  17. ^ "IRNE Award Past Winners".
  18. ^ "Elliot Norton Award Winners".

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