Lyric Arts announces 13th theater season, concert series line-up

By Elyse Kaner

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Lyric Arts theater in Anoka has announced its next season’s line-up.

Lyric Arts Main Street stage has released its 2012-13 theater season productions and Music in the ’Burbs concert series performers.

New this year, the theater has hired Scott Ford and Robert Neu as resident directors for the season. Ford and Neu will be directing two shows apiece in the upcoming season. They will also mentor within the organization.

Both Ford and Neu are well known throughout the Twin Cities area for their involvement in theater. They have also directed at Lyric Arts in the past. Ford’s most recent production was Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Neu last year directed Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” and John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” at the theater.

“This upcoming season represents the next step in our development, allowing us to grow while continuing to deliver the high-quality productions our audiences have come to expect,” Laura Tahja Johnson, managing director of Lyric Arts, said in a written statement.

The season’s theater offerings are a mix of musicals, comedy, drama and thrillers.

Shows slated for the 2012-13 season are “Annie,” “Hairspray,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Becky’s New Car,” “Noises Off!” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Death of a Salesman” and, just in time for Halloween, “Dracula.”

The theater’s Mainly for Kids productions are “The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective” and “How I Became a Pirate.”

Lyric Arts also continues its Music in the ’Burbs series, providing top-notch artists performing in an intimate setting. They are Alison Scott, Rocket Club, The New Standards, G.B. Leighton and Tim Mahoney, Keri Nobel Holiday Show, The Belfast Cowboys and Martin Zellar.

New to the ’Burbs line-up are indie-folk band Rogue Valley and the “Guaranteed Cash” show, the songs and sounds of Johnny Cash, performed by Bob Wootton and country rock band Six Mile Grove. Wootton was a lead guitarist for the late Johnny Cash.

Season subscriptions are now available. Single tickets for the season and concert series go on sale Aug. 1. For more information, visit or call the Lyric Arts box office at 763-422-1838.