‘On Golden Pond’ National Tour Comes to Tulsa

FAMILY REUNION: Tom Bosley and Michael Learned play a long-married couple suddenly faced with family problems while on vacation at their beloved summer home in Ernest Thompson’s award winning play “On Golden Pond.??? The nationally touring production will be at the Performing Arts Center Jan. 9-14.

The National Tour of “On Golden Pond,” starring Tom Bosley and Michael Learned, makes its Tulsa premiere Jan. 9-14, 2007 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Presented by Celebrity Attractions and welcomed by Bank of Oklahoma, “On Golden Pond” remains one of the most produced plays in the world, with performances in more than 40 countries and translations in 25 languages.

Treasure this once in a lifetime opportunity to see America’s favorite dad, Tom Bosley and America’s favorite mom, Michael Learned in “On Golden Pond.” Tickets are now on sale.
“On Golden Pond” is a heartwarming and hilarious celebration of the everyday struggles and ultimate triumphs of life, love, and family. Retired New England professor and lovable curmudgeon, Norman Thayer, Jr., and his spirited wife, Ethel, decide to spend one final summer at their family’s lakeside cottage in Maine. They are soon interrupted by the arrival of their daughter Chelsea, who, en route to a European vacation, leaves behind her fiancé’s young son. Colliding generations soon forge common ground.

Tom Bosley has been enjoying a remarkable career in entertainment for more than 50 years and has had great success in theatre, film and television. In 1959, Bosley was chosen by George Abbott to star in the Broadway musical “Fiorello!” for which he won the Tony Award. His motion picture debut was in 1962 when he landed a co-starring role opposite Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in “Love with the Proper Stranger.”

After that he continued his film success working with stars such as Peter Sellers, Angela Lansbury, Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball and Paul Newman. Bosley also found success in television and has worked on more than 500 television productions. For 11 years he starred in one of the most successful TV series of all time, “Happy Days,” for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. He then teamed up with Lansbury again for four years on the hit series “Murder, She Wrote” after which he went on to do his own series, “Father Dowling Mysteries.”

In 1995 Bosley returned to the stage starring as Belle’s Father in “Beauty and the Beast” in New York and Los Angeles. Afterwards he joined the National Company of “Show Boat” as Captain Andy and toured for 18 months. Bosley recently returned to Broadway for 10 months starring in the acclaimed production of “Cabaret.” After 59 years in show business he’s been asked, “Why haven’t you retired?” He replied, “Actors spend half their career in retirement.”

Michael Learned initially achieved national recognition as Olivia Walton in the long-running hit television series “The Waltons,” for which she won 3 Emmy Awards for Best Actress. Learned’s Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man,” “The Sisters Rosensweig,” and “Three Sisters.” National Tours include “Three Tall Women” and “Love Letters.” She performed off-Broadway in “All Over,” “Time of the Cuckoo,” “Three Sisters,” “God Slept Here, “The Loves of Anatol,” and premiered in Lee Blessing’s “A Body of Water” (Guthrie). Learned also starred in “Nurse,” “Hothouse,” “Living Dolls,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Scrubs,” and numerous TV films. Her film credits include “Loggerheads,” “Lethal Eviction,” “Life during Wartime,” and Sidney Lumet’s “Power.” These are only a few of the many and varied successes in the long career of Learned who has garnered the following accolades: four Emmy Awards for Best Actress, the People’s Choice Award, three Golden Globe nominations, the Hollywood Dramalogue Critics Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination.

“On Golden Pond” received the Tony Award nomination in 2005 for Best Play Revival, starring James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams. The acclaimed 1981 film version starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman was nominated for nine 1982 Academy Awards, winning three for Fonda, Hepburn and author Ernest Thompson for the screenplay he adapted from his own play. For his screenplay, Thompson also won the Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America awards.

“On Golden Pond,” welcomed by Bank of Oklahoma, will be at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Jan. 9-14 for only eight performances. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased via phone 596-7111, (800) 364-7111, in person at the Tulsa PAC ticket office, or via the internet at www.MyTicketOffice.com. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more; call Celebrity Attractions at 796-0220 for discount prices.

Tulsa’s engagement of “On Golden Pond” is part of the 2006-2007 Celebrity Attractions Broadway Season which includes “Man of La Mancha,” “Mama Mia’ and Tony Award winning Best Musical Monty Python’s “Spamalot!” American Airlines, KOTV and Tulsa World are sponsors for this spectacular season. For more information about Celebrity Attractions, visit www.celebrityattractions.com.

Updated 01-08-2007

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