Greater Tulsa Reporter
GET READY, ‘CUZ HERE THEY COME: Experience the swingin’ sound of yesteryear when Celebrity Attractions presents “Motown The Musical” March 14-19.
For four decades, the Tulsa PAC has brought quality arts and entertainment to Tulsa, and the tradition continues this month with the 40th Anniversary Celebration concert and more.
Honoring the first-ever Tulsa PAC concert in March 1977 with the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, jazz artist Jane Monheit will take the stage with Grammy winner Nicholas Payton and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. The show honors Fitzgerald’s musical legacy with several of her classic tunes as well as songs from the Great American Songbook. Monheit and Payton’s recent Ella tribute album will take center stage on Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Chapman Music Hall.
Theatre Tulsa keeps upping the ante with yet another smash musical when “Sweeney Todd” comes to the stage March 3-5 and 9-12. With incredible music from Stephen Sondheim (“Wicked,” “Into The Woods”), this maniacal play tells the story of barber Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of exile in order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him. He gets a little help from local baker Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies. But where will she find this delicate filling? Starring Theatre Tulsa favorite Mark Frie (“Fiddler On The Roof,” “Les Miserables”), it’s a deadly delight guaranteed to turn the John H. Williams Theatre upside down.
American Theatre Company presents “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” coming March 10-12 and 16-18 to the Liddy Doegnes Theatre. In 1953, Herman Wouk adapted the court-martial chapters of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel into a suspenseful evening of theatre. It’s the story of a young lieutenant who is on trial for relieving his captain of command in the midst of a typhoon. The lieutenant claims that the captain, Queeg, was a psychopath in crisis who was commanding the ship and its crew to destruction.
Tulsa Symphony celebrates America’s Main Street with the perfect soundtrack for a road trip with “Route 66: A Trip Down Memory Lane” March 11 in Chapman Music Hall. Conducted by Ron Spigelman, the concert features a multimedia presentation with highlights from the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road as well as memorable music, including highlights from Kander and Ebb’s “Chicago,” Aaron Copland’s “Buckaroo Holiday” from “Rodeo,” Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” excerpts from “Oklahoma!,” W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” and more.
It began as one man’s story, became everyone’s music, and is now a Broadway musical. “Motown: The Musical” is the true American-dream story of Motown record company founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. He launched the careers of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and many more. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “The Tears of a Clown,” “Motown: The Musical” is a smash hit Broadway jukebox experience. Presented by Celebrity Attractions, it comes to Chapman Music Hall March 14-19.
In her all new show, “2020 Vision,” Miss Richfield 1981 offers a survival guide for the new world. With comedic songs, videos, and her unique take on audience participation, Miss Richfield will help calm post-election panic and provide tools to prevent the apocalypse! Miss R dedicates her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown, Richfield, Minnesota. Her live performances across the country receive critical acclaim with the New York Post declaring Miss R “the must-see act in Provincetown” and the Chicago Sun-Times describing her as “Garrison Keillor meets Mary Tyler Moore.” This event is a benefit for and presented by Oklahomans for Equality and comes to the John H. Williams Theatre March 18.
Choreographed by Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini, “Swan Lake” returns to Tulsa for the first time in six years. Odette, a young maiden trapped in the form of a swan due to an evil sorcerer’s curse, must find eternal love to break the spell. This lavish production, set to Tchaikovsky’s well-known and much-loved score, features scenery and costumes originally created for Houston Ballet by Tony Award-winning designer Desmond Heeley. “Swan Lake” is at or near the top of most lists of best ballets, famous ballets and popular ballets. It comes to Chapman Music Hall March 24-26.
Tulsa PAC Trust presents the family-friendly musical “Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move,” based on the classic book by Judith Vorst. Alexander’s dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move there. But Alexander can’t bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won’t move. Catch the hilarity March 31 in the John H. Williams Theatre.
Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” reexamines the plight and fate of the Bible’s most infamous and unexplained sinner. This thought-provoking work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis tells the story of a court case over the ultimate fate of the disciple who betrayed his friend and teacher to the authorities. Lawyers call for the testimonies of such witnesses as Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and Satan. Theatre Pops presents the drama March 31 and April 1-2 and 6-9 in Liddy Doenges Theatre.
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.