Lyric Theatre to produce world premiere When We’re Gone

Lyric Theatre concludes its regular 2018 season in September with a world-premiere rock musical – the fifth title in the organization’s New Works Initiative.

When We’re Gone follows Todd, an angst-ridden teen, in plague-ridden, 14th-century London and his desire to make great art in a time of great need.

The three-week run opens September 29 (with previews starting September 26) at Lyric at the Plaza, 1725 NW 16 St., and continues through October 14.

This play marks the fifth production in Lyric’s New Works Initiative, which began in 2014 with the world premiere of Triangle and continued in 2015 with Bernice Bobs Her Hair and Mann… And Wife in 2016 – all staged at the Plaza Theatre.

Last year, Lyric unveiled its new work, Disney’s When You Wish, during its Summer at the Civic Center.

The book and lyrics for When We’re Gone were written by Alana Jacoby with music from Scotty Arnold.

This production marks the team’s first collaboration with Lyric Theatre.

When We’re Gone mashes up a rock musical with a morality play,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director. “Audiences who loved The Who’s Tommy will enjoy this wildly creative new musical that strikes a brilliant balance of modern-day characters with a pop-punk score.”

The cast features John Furey in the lead role of Todd. Furey’s credits include Anxiety Stew (Off-Broadway) and regionally, Hair, Spring Awakening and West Side Story.

This role will be Furey’s debut with Lyric.

Derrick Medrano, last seen in Lyric’s 2017 production of Rock of Ages, stars as Ashton, and Antonio Rodriguez (from Lyric’s recent summer productions of Disney’s Freaky Friday and Hello, Dolly!) is cast as Colin.

Lyric favorite Matthew Alvin Brown (Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, I Am My Own Wife) returns to the stage as William.

The cast also features Van Hughes (John) and Kat Metcalfe (Rosie), both making their Lyric debuts.

The production, directed by Baron, will feature scenic design by Adam Koch, costumes from Jeffrey Meek, lighting design by Helena Kuukka and sound design by Sam Kusnetz. Music direction will be provided by James Dobinson with stage management by Laurena Sherrill.

Single tickets start at just $25, and the production is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult situations and language. For more information, visit or call Lyric’s box office at (405) 524-9312.

Copyright The Gayly. 9/14/2018. @ 11:58 a.m. CST.