The Chapman Music Hall housed at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center welcomes five of the finest Broadway pieces as part of its Celebrity Attractions 2011-2012 season. From the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof”, to the heart skipping beats of “Stomp” and last year’s big winner at the Tony’s, “Memphis”, theatre patrons in Tulsa now have more than enough reasons to subscribe.
“Memphis” will kick off Tulsa’s ’11-’12 season. Last year’s Tony Award’s Best Musical winner will set audiences in rhythm with its “rousing music and singing, spectacular dancing and a witty, moving story” (John Simon, Bloomberg News). The musical chronicles the birth of rhythm and blues in the Tennessean city back in the 1950s, thanks to a disc jockey who started the hype amidst the city’s fascination for white-inspired rock n’ roll. “Memphis” will run from November 1 to 6, 2011.
Straight out of the 1960s New Yorker comic strip as illustrated by Charles Addams is the wacky and quirky musical about Gomez, his wife Morticia, their kids Pugsley and Wednesday, their uncle Fester and a whole bunch of seemingly ghastly and ghostly characters that make up “The Addams Family”. Laugh and sing to the tunes composed by Andrew Lippa and roll with the story written by Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman as the gloomy family tries to “welcome” a possible new addition to their clan, Wednesday’s fiancée. The musical will play from January 24 to 29, 2012.
After eight years, “Stomp” returns to Tulsa with its pulsating beats and thundering sounds, thanks to everyday materials such as cans, bins, and other stuff that you would have never imagined storming its way to the stage. For one week, from March 6 to 11, 2012, this production will prove to everyone that you don’t need a clenching story or plot to keep audiences on the edge of their seats when you’ve got rhythmic beats and whopping dance moves to set things in motion and bring the house down.
Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” is a good way to remind patrons why musicals never become obsolete and also a good medium to introduce newbies to theatre. This 1964 classic tells the story of a Jewish father who struggles between holding onto his beliefs and traditions amidst the changing status quo in communist Russia and the changing status quo in his own home with his daughters stirring away from their Jewish roots and customs. The musical runs from May 8 to 13, 2012.
And lastly, from the playwrights who brought us “The Addams Family” is another award-winning and blockbuster Broadway musical chronicling the story of the Four Seasons, led by Frankie Valli, and their journey from blue-collar workers to the ‘60s iconic pop quartet who spawned the hits “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man”, among others. It also gives audiences a glimpse on what led to the demise of the pop music icons hailing from the Garden State. “Jersey Boys”, which will run from June 6 to 12, 2012, guarantees to sweep audiences off their feet with nostalgia, as the musical boasts of songs popularized by the group and scores composed by former Four Seasons member, Bob Gaudio.
Patrons who wish to renew their subscription should do so before March 7, 2011 while new subscribers can purchase their season tickets via www.tulsaworld.com/celebrityattractions. The subscription package costs from $86 to $333.