Published June 10, 2018 | By Adrienne Proctor
Finally, summertime is here! And with it comes Lyric Theatre’s much anticipated summer series at Civic Center Music Hall. First in the lineup is Disney’s Freaky Friday, a fun and hilarious family musical about a mysterious mother-daughter mix-up. Lyric’s Artistic Director Michael Baron directs this regional premiere, and he says “Freaky Friday is a modern, upbeat musical comedy that is truly funny with an awesome, new pop-musical score.”
Freaky Friday stars Jennifer Teel and Celeste Rose as Katherine and Ellie Blake, the duo who switch bodies in an exciting twist of fate. Katherine and Ellie must find a way to switch back where they belong before the Mother’s wedding! And they only have one day to do it!
The cast also includes Noah Waggoner as Fletcher Blake, Mateja Govich as Mike Riley, Sean Watkinson as Adam, Maggie Spicer as Torrey and Madison Hamilton as Savannah.
Based on the original novel by Mary Rodgers, and following two hit Disney movies, Freaky Friday is a great musical for families. The show features original songs written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Kitt is a star in the theatre world and his musical numbers are catchy and energetic. This production is choreographed by Amy Reynolds-Reed. Jan McDaniel serves as musical director, with set design by Katie Sullivan, costume design by Jeffrey Meek and sound design by Anthony Risi. Courtney Strong is props designer, Helena Kuukka serves as lighting designer and Julie Meyer is stage manager.
Freaky Friday is perfect for mothers and daughters who have ever wanted a chance to see the world through the other’s eyes. Likewise, dads and boys will love the lighthearted musical numbers, and relish the antics of the appealing characters. Recommended for “tweens” and up, Freaky Friday is a fun-loving great time for the whole family. According to Baron, “This theatre delight holds up a magical mirror to modern parenthood and gives the whole family reasons to laugh with each other… about each other.”
A contemporary family musical, Lyric is opening their summer series with a sure-fire hit. Parents will enjoy this familiar story, and their children will get to experience a new favorite. The Civic Center is the ideal venue for a summer show, and Lyric Theatre’s Summer at the Civic is highly anticipated every year! Freaky Friday is not to miss! Bring the whole family for a wonderful evening of theatre that is heartwarming and fun!