Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mark Morris Dance Group
comes to Tulsa.  Photo provided.

By Nancy Condit

Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the best dance groups in the
world, is coming to Tulsa this Friday and Saturday, presented by Choregus Productions.  Performances take place at 8 p.m. in the Williams Theatre in the Performing Arts Center, and probably run $40 to $45.

For more information, contact choregus.org.  or call

(e-mail from Choregus mailed directly to members.  Please
contact nancond4@aol.com if you would like more complete

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Andres von Oeyen's performance of Beethoven's
"Emperor Concerto"
will be broadcast Sunday.  Photo provided.
By Nancy Condit

If you missed the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's concert "Commoners and Kings" with pianist Andrew van Oeyen playing Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto," it will be broadcast on KCSC tomorrow, Sunday, January 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. with the entire concert.
"Performance Oklahoma" is broadcast weekly on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. with producer/host Kimberly Powell. For more information about upcoming programs, check her website,  http://bit.ly/PerformanceOklahoma.. 

BLAC, Inc. Opens Spring Season with Soul Food Dinner Theater

Miss "Muffy" Charles to sing an evening of jazz with BLAC, Inc.

Black Liberated Arts Center, (BLAC), Inc. will present Miss “Muffy” Charles in the season opener, “An Evening of Jazz with Miss “Muffy” Charles on Saturday, January 28th, 34th floor of the Petroleum Club, 100 N. Broadway.  Miss Charles is the granddaughter of jazz legend, Leslie Sheffield and the daughter of well known pianist, Ellen Sheffield Charles.  From the legendary musical family, Miss Charles comes by her talent honestly.  She has been a studio musician in California for a number of years and performs in Oklahoma City whenever her schedule permits.

Tickets are on sale now at BLAC, Inc. and Learning Tree Toys and Books, BLAC, Inc.  and online at www.blacinc.org.  For more information, call (405)524-3800.

From the press release


Celebrity Attractions’ 2012-2013 Broadway Season presents five productions: the high-flying MARY POPPINS, the new production of JEKYLL & HYDE and the reimagined legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES. WEST SIDE STORY and the musical revue of some of Broadway's most celebrated shows in Neil Berg’s 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY, complete the season. 

LES MISÉRABLES: October 9-14, 2012
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.  The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House.”

MARY POPPINS: November 6-11, 2012
MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country, which has Variety raving, “This is the rare touring production that over-delivers on every level!!” It features the story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films, plus brand-new dance numbers and stagecraft, Get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a certifiable super hit!” 

JEKYLL & HYDE: January 15-20, 2013
After four years on Broadway and multiple world tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony® and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon. 

100 YEARS OF BROADWAY: February 12-17, 2013
This widely acclaimed musical revue of some of Broadway's most celebrated shows features a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. Guiding the audience through the evening is Neil Berg, contributing fascinating anecdotes on the shows and songs themselves. This Broadway tour-de-force highlights the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CABARET, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JERSEY BOYS, as well as some of Broadway's newest hit shows.

WEST SIDE STORY: April 23-28, 2013
More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere." 

To guarantee great seats for all five nationally touring Broadway productions at the Civic Center Music Hall, become a Celebrity Attractions’ 2012-2013 Broadway Season subscriber.  Season subscriber benefits include many advantages: the best seats at the lowest prices, the same great seats for every show, the ability to buy additional tickets to individual shows before the public, the option to exchange show tickets to another performance before the public on sale, and the opportunity to purchase tickets to any special add-on productions before the general public.  To become a Season Subscriber, call Celebrity Attractions toll free at (800) 869-1451 or for more information visit http://www.celebrityattractions.com/.   

Friday, January 27, 2012


  Poster provided.

Two films at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art caught our eye --
one for romantics -- Young Goethe in Love, this weekend
Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.  This
is in German with English subtitles.

Clicking on the poster leads to the trailer.
Photo provided.

Next weekend the museum's film series is showing The Artist,
nominated for an Oscar as one of the best films of the year.  It plays
Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., and Sunday the 5th
at 2 p.m.

For film trailers, go to http://www.okcmoa.com/see/films/.

Compiled by Nancy Condit

Monday, January 16, 2012


Photo from the web

"Everyone contributes, even the lowest."  Martin Luther King

Quoted by Octavia Spencer, best supporting actress, for her role in "The Help" in her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes last night.

                                                                                                          Photo from the
                                                                                                         Golden Globes

Friday, January 13, 2012

The first national tour of the new musical comedy The Addams Family, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, comes to Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall for eight performances  January 17-22. 

The Addams Family, now in its second year on Broadway, has been described by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune as a “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.” 
Tonyâ Award nominee Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger will star as Gomez and Morticia. The principal cast also includes Tonyâ Award nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke, two-time Tonyâ Award nominee Crista Moore as Alice Beineke, Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Brian Justin Crum as Lucas Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.

The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist. 

The Addams Family features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

Performances are January 17-19 at 7:30 p.m., January 20 at 8 p.m., January 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and January 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $65 to $20, and may be purchased via phone,
(800) 869-1451, (405) 297-2264, in person at the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office or online at www.CelebrityAttractions.com.  Groups of 15 or more may call Celebrity Attractions at (800) 869-1451 ext. 220 for a discount.

Get social with Celebrity Attractions by becoming a fan on Facebook.com/BwayOKC.  Follow the Oklahoma City engagement of THE ADDAMS FAMILY on Twitter.com/BwayOKC or with hashtag #AddamsOKC.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is presented by Celebrity Attractions and is part of Celebrity Attractions 2011-2012 Broadway Season which includes STOMP, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the add-on productions of MAMMA MIA! and the Tulsa engagement of JERSEY BOYS.

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Monday, January 9, 2012




On January 16 and 17,  Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present two performances of “Café Music."      
Each performance will feature works from German to the United States, from Beethoven to living American
 composer Paul Schoenfield.   

The works on the program are: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, op. 70, no. 1(the“Ghost Trio”); 20th Century French composer Jean Françaix’s Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano; 19th Century German composer August Klughardt’s “Schilflieder” (Reed Songs”), Five Fantasy Pieces, op. 28 for oboe, viola and piano; and the concert’s title work – American composer Paul Schoenfield’s “Café Music for Piano Trio,” for violin, cello and piano.   

The musicians who will appear are Gregory Lee, violin, Royce McLarry, viola, Jonathan Ruck, cello, Lisa Harvey-Reed, oboe, Carl Rath, bassoon, and Amy I-Lin Cheng. piano.

For more information on the music and musicians, see the program notes at www.Brightmusic.org.

 Performances will take place: on Monday, January 16th at in the St. Edward’s Chapel on the campus of Casady School, 9500 N. Pennsylvania Avenue at Britton Road , and on Tuesday, January 17th at at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street, at Robinson.  Admission is $10 per adult.  Students are free of charge.  A reception with the musicians will follow each performance. 

This concert is made possible by season grants from Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Ad Astra Foundation.

From the press release   

Friday, January 6, 2012


Oklahoma City Architect George B. Lewis, FAIA, saw that the Cox Convention Center, formerly the Myriad Gardens "was and is one of the most easily accessed buildings in the country," writes Henry.
Photo taken from the web by the blogger

By Pam Henry, Chair
     Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns

A Memorial Service is scheduled at , Friday, January 6, for Oklahoma City Architect George B. Lewis, FAIA. The service will be in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church at 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City. Lewis died in the OKC Veterans Administration Hospital Saturday, December 31, 2011 of heart problems after being hospitalized last Thursday.
George was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as the leading advocate in the United States for the elimination of architectural barriers for people with disabilities. He served as Chair of the OKC Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns for thirty years, from 1975 to 2005. The architect helped write the landmark national Americans with Disabilities Act. Lewis was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He helped see that the Cox Convention Center, formerly the Myriad Convention Center, was and is one of the most easily accessed buildings in the country. George lead efforts to build accessible ramps to enter the OKC City Hall and the Oklahoma State Capitol. He received numerous city, state and national awards for his work on behalf of people with disabilities. He also worked on the annual ADA workshops for architects, engineers and building managers sponsored by the OKC Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns. In 2005, the committee gave George a rare Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of hard word.
"We on the OKC Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns already miss George's guidance on architectural barrier elimination for people with disabilities. Our thoughts and prayers are with George's widow, Nan Lewis and his son, Paul Lewis, an architect in Washington, D.C. and daughter-in-law Laura," said OKC Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns Chair Pam Henry.
For more information about the OKC Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns, visit the website at: http://www.okc/gov/council/disability_concerns.

City of Oklahoma City, Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns

The committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 222 Northwest 15th, room 203. 

Taken from her posting on my Facebook page