Greater Tulsa Reporter
WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ: Join Tulsa Ballet as they present an original, brand new production, “Dorothy And The Prince Of Oz,” Feb. 10-12.
February looks to be a busy month at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, with Beethoven, puppets and even a trip to Oz filling the bill, all part of its 40th Anniversary Celebration.
The Brown Bag It Series, presented by Tulsa PAC Trust, returns with Tulsa Opera’s Big Sing on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12:10 p.m. This laid-back lunchtime event encourages the audience to bring and eat their lunch while Tulsa Opera artists teach them excerpts from a famous opera chorus-and help them perform it, in harmony, Big Sing-style. Singing experience is not required-but all listeners are welcome. The event is free and open to the public.
Pirates, mermaids and magic all come together for Theatre Tulsa’s presentation of Peter and the Starcatcher. This swashbuckling grown-up prequel to “Peter Pan” upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Based on the 2006 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, the play won five Tony Awards in 2012. The show runs Feb. 2-5 in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.
Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, “Avenue Q” features a cast of puppets led by Princeton, a college grad who moves to Avenue Q in New York City. He and a group of new friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and an ever-elusive purpose in life. Seth Paden directs this outrageous musical comedy, which stars Tulsa Project Theatre favorites Liz Hunt, Andrew Barker, Emily Pace and Megan Montgomery. Kent Dennis is music director. This winner of the 2004 Tony Award “Triple Crown” – Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book – features “Sesame Street”-style puppets with “South Park” attitudes. “Avenue Q” is for mature audiences. The show runs Feb. 10-12 and 16-19 in the John H. Williams Theatre.
Tulsa Ballet presents “Dorothy And The Prince Of Oz” Feb. 10-12 in Chapman Music Hall. This brand-new, full-length ballet features sets, costumes and a score commissioned by and created for Tulsa Ballet. Sets by McArthur Foundation Genius Award winner Basil Twist; costumes by top American designer Mark Zappone; libretto, score and additional music by Vienna Staatsoper librettist and musicologist Oliver Peter Graber; and choreography by international master Edwaard Liang.
In an ambitious show presented by Chamber Music Tulsa, the Miró Quartet makes its fourth appearance in Tulsa for the Beethoven Winter Festival, Feb. 17, 18, 21, 23, 25 and 26 in the Kathleen Westby Pavilion. The quartet will play Beethoven’s complete String Quartet Cycle in chronological order over the course of six nights. Hearing the quartets in compositional order, the audience follows Beethoven’s own life experiences, from concert to concert, in the evolution and flow of the music: from youth and success, through frustration and personal challenges; through his maturity; and through his final struggles with illness, relationships, and ultimately with death.
Theatre North returns to the Tulsa PAC with “Court-Martial at Fort Devens,” Feb. 19 and 24-25 in the Liddy Doenges Theatre. When a group of young black women join the Women’s Army Corps during WWII, they’re promised training as medical technicians. But a racist colonel at Fort Devens has other ideas and demotes them to cleaning duty, leading to a confrontation in which the colonel makes comments so offensive that the WAC’s pull an immediate strike. Though a visiting general is able to compel most of the women to go back to work, two refuse and are held for trial. Defended by a civilian lawyer who’s never tried a court-martial, they embark on an uphill fight to change the status quo. Written by Jeffrey Sweet and based on a true story, this gripping and inspiring drama explores the complexities of standing up for one’s rights.
A luxurious winter feast of soaring opera hits and American musical favorites featuring six internationally acclaimed artists come to the stage with Tulsa Opera’s “Puccini To Pop.” Soloists include sopranos Alyson Cambridge and Sarah Joy Miller, baritone Michael Todd Simpson and Il Divo tenor David Miller, with special guest star, one of the greats from opera’s “golden era,” Leona Mitchell. You’ll hear beloved classics of Puccini (Nessun dorma), Verdi (Libiamo duet), Bizet (Habanera), Tchaikovsky (Onegin’s Act 1 aria), Gershwin (Summertime), Jerome Kern (You Are Love), Bernstein (Tonight) and many more, including a few surprises! The voices will be supported by a full orchestra conducted by the versatile and virtuosic Grammy-nominated James Lowe. The show happens Feb. 25 in Chapman Music Hall.
There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, as if all on earth existed in harmony with heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air, and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Middle Kingdom” and “the Land of the Divine.” What if you could journey back and visit this lost world…? Now you can. “Shen Yun” invites you to experience this divine culture of the Middle Kingdom. “Shen Yun” brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. This invigorating show comes to Chapman Music Hall Feb. 28 and March 1.
Tickets for all events are available by calling the Tulsa PAC ticket office at 918-596-7111 or online at TulsaPAC.com. You can also check out the latest PAC news on social media platforms.