Tulsa PAC Offers Variety of Venues, Shows


I MUSICI DE MONTREAL: The 15-member I Musici de Montreal will perform in the Williams Theater Nov. 22. This chamber music group will showcase special guest pianist Katherine Chi.

Courtesy TPAC

What’s the next “big thing” coming to the ? People often ask me that, and when they do, they usually have a Broadway show in mind, or perhaps they’re hoping Michael Bublé is back in our lineup.

What some are not aware of are all the totally enjoyable, usually not-so-expensive shows they can see in the PAC’s smaller theaters.

The Williams, Doenges and Norman Theaters are located on the Second Street side of the , right across from the front door of City Hall. Upcoming in November, there’s a good sampling of the type of shows you can find there.

Black box theaters were the rage in the 1970s when our Performing Arts Center was built. The has two. These are spaces where you nearly share the stage with the performers. In November, we have three different theatre events playing several dates.

While you’re attending a Chapman Music Hall performance, stop by the PAC’s Gallery. There’s a photography exhibition showing during November called “Great Music, Great Spaces, Great Images,” presented by Tulsa Symphony. View photographs of Art Deco landmarks taken by David Halpern and Ralph Cole.

Take out-of-town guests to The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, created by Chip Davis, on Nov. 24-25 in Chapman Music Hall. It’s the perfect way to start the holiday season joyfully, along with the re-opening of the Arena’s Winterfest, featuring lots of ice-skating fun.

And finally, if I were to answer the question “What’s the next big thing coming to the ?” I would answer an emphatic August: Osage County. It’s not due in town until January 26-31, but you should get your tickets now. I just saw the production that is coming to Tulsa, starring Estelle Parsons, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. It is the talk of L.A., as it will be in Tulsa. Don’t miss it!

Updated 11-17-2009

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