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Larry Gatlin and His Play

Nashville, Tenn. (March 2, 2017) — Today, Country music legend Larry Gatlin announced the debut of his new musical, Quanah, presented by Lyric Stage.  Larry explains:
"Howdy.  For almost thirty years, I have been working on a musical about Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief.  It is the story of Quanah, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker, and the Parker family’s settling in Texas and the survival and ascendancy of the great Comanche people.  It is, in part, a tragic, sad, heartbreaking story - a story of war, bloodshed, death and heartbreak - but it is, more importantly, a story celebrating the strength and power of the human spirit." 
"As a kid in west Texas, I had a vivid imagination and I loved to make up stories with which to entertain my family and friends.  For the last 30 years, as I have grown into a crusty old coot, I have allowed my already vivid imagination to run wild - much like Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief.  We are going to perform this at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Performance Hall from April 28th through May 7th.  I invite you to come join us, use your imagination and to let our wonderful cast, orchestra and crew tell you this incredible story."
Keep the Faith,
"P.S. My wife Janis - who is NEVER wrong - believes that it is the best music I have ever written.  Why donchya come to the show and see if I am right about her always being right?  Also, my sweet, beautiful, talented granddaughter Campbell did the pencil drawing of Quanah.  It's wonderful, don't ya think?"
"P.P.S. One of the great blessings in my life is that the very best singer that I have ever heard, is going to play the double roles of Peta Nocona, Quanah’s father and Quanah, the last Comanche chief.  HALLELUJAH. Almost 20 years ago, when I heard the background vocals on my solo gospel album, In My Life, I asked Mike Smith, the producer of the album, 'who are those people singing the background vocals?'  He said, 'Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes, and some kid named David Phelps.'  I said, 'Wow, that is the best vocal sound I have ever heard that wasn't sung by someone named Gatlin.'  A couple of years later I heard David Phelps sing with the Gaither Vocal Band and I said to myself, 'he's the greatest singer I have ever heard.'  It was true then and it is true now.  It is truly a God thing that David is going to play the double role of Quanah and Peta in our new musical.  I thank God.  I thank David Phelps.  And I thank my old and dear friend, Bill Gaither, for making this happen."

"P.P.P.S. I made my publicist write the press release this way... to better tell the story in my own words, so don't give him any CRAPOLA!"
Multiple Dove and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, David Phelps is Quanah. Larry will play Old Ranger.  The supporting cast includes Brett Warner as Lucinda, Lauren Scott as Cynthia Ann, Daron Cockerell as Nauda, Sony Franks as McKenzie and Tim Brawner as James Parker. 
Other supporting roles and members of the ensemble are played by Abigail Gardner, Jonathan McGinnis, Teresa Natera, Ian Moore, Angela Davis, Jamal Houston, Mindamora Rocha, Michael McMillan, Alison Wheaton, Steve Sifford, Shelbie Mac, Caitlin Galloway and Mindy Bell.
Quanah arranger Galen Butler conducts the Lyric Stage Orchestra with direction and choreography by John De Los Santos.
Performances are April 28 and 29 and May 45, and 6 at 7:30 PM and April 30 and May 6 at 2:30 PM in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Performance Hall in DallasTexas.
Tickets on-sale now at or by calling the box office at 972-252-2787.
About Larry Gatlin 
The close family harmonies of Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have given the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like "All The Gold In California" and "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)."  Larry, and brothers Rudy and Stevewon a GRAMMY® for their 1976 breakthrough hit, "Broken Lady," and reached #1 with several other songs soon thereafter.  Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year ("All The Gold In California"), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin.  He has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis PresleyGlen CampbellBarbra StreisandJohnny CashKris KristoffersonRay PriceTom Jones, Roy Orbison, Barry GibbJohnny MathisDottie West and more. 
For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit
About David Phelps
Born in Dallas, raised in Tomball, Texas and now living in Tennessee, David Phelps graduated Baylor University with a music degree in vocal performance. David entered the Billboard charts at No. 1 with his Classic DVD in 2012 and his Freedom DVD in 2015.  Multiple Doveand GRAMMY® Award winner Phelps has performed at the world’s leading venues from the Sidney Opera House to the White House

For more information on David Phelps please visit his website at

About Lyric Stage
Dedicated to the development and preservation of the American musical, Lyric Stage is Dallas County's only locally produced, professional musical theater company.

Under the leadership of Founding Producer Steven Jones and Associate Producer Shane Peterman, it has become North Texas' most honored theater, winning 35 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Awards and a special citation from the Dallas Theater Critics Forum for excellence and innovation.

Lyric Stage has produced 20 world premiere musicals and two Off-Broadway productions. 


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