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AMC Theatres will not allow texting during movies

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After reports circulated this week that AMC Theatres would consider allowing texting during movie screenings, the chain has issued a statement quashing the rumors.

The statement says in part, "With your advice in hand, there will be no texting allowed in any of the auditoriums at AMC Theatres. Not today, not tomorrow and not in the foreseeable future."

Instead, AMC will focus on ways to enhance the theatre experience for moviegoers.

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Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC Entertainment, recently said that he has considered allowing texting during screenings in an effort to appeal to a larger demographic, specifically, millennials. 

"When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow,” Aron said in an interview with Variety magazine. “You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their (lives).”

He later tweeted, clarifying that allowing movie-goers to text is just an idea, and if approved, may be very limited.

Aron said the company has considered making specific auditoriums "more texting friendly."

Aron, current co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and former president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, has only been head of AMC for a few months, but in that time, he's advanced the company significantly. In February, he announced plans to buy Carmike, which would solidify AMC as the world’s top movie theater chain, according to Variety.

Aron is also pushing to expand AMC’s food and dining options, develop its loyalty program and market more aggressively. 

But Aron isn't the first to consider allowing texting during movies.

Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles and Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corporation, both seemed open to considering allowing cellphone usage during a panel at the CinemaCon convention in 2012, Deadline reported.

"If we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, (like "21 Jump Street,") we could test some of these concepts (at some screens,)" Miles said. "You’re trying to figure out if there’s something you can offer in the theater that I would not find appealing but my 18-year-old son might."

"We want them to pay $12 to $14 to come into an auditorium and watch a movie. But they’ve become accustomed to controlling their own existence," said Foster, who added that without cellphones, some younger people may "feel a little handcuffed."

Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse -- a small theater chain disagreed.

“Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater,” he said. “I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry. It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners.”

League said that going to the movies should be a "magical" experience, but Miles said "one person’s opinion of magical isn’t the other’s."

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'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Frozen' to get Broadway runs

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Two stories, that couldn't be more opposite will both be on the the Great White Way.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will be coming to Broadway for the first time, The New York Times reported.

And it has a big name adapting the story for the stage: Aaron Sorkin. 

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Sorkin is best known for his big-screen hits like "The Social Network" and "The American President," and his small-screen shows like "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom."

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will be directed by Tony Award winner Barlett Sher.

It will hit the stage for the 2017-2018 Broadway season. 

A year later, Disney will bring mega-hit "Frozen" to Broadway, CNN reported.

The announcement was made on Frozen's new Broadway Twitter account.

It will be previewed in the summer of 2017, in an unnamed location, and will land in New York City in spring 2018.

The team that brought "Frozen" to life in movie theaters is reuniting for the stage version. Jennifer Lee will write the show, while Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will compose the music. 

Miss Saigon at the PAC

Theater Tulsa will open it's 93rd season with Tulsa's  local production of one of most stunning spectacles in theatre history! From the creators of Les Misérables comes the epic, pop-infused love story of an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl, set during the tumultuous Vietnam War. Parental guidance suggested.Miss Siagon presented by Theater Tulsa opens Sept. 4th and continues through the 20th. For more information visit: http://www.theatretulsa.org/miss-saigon/ 

The top cringeworthy moments at the 2015 Tony Awards

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Just because the Tony Awards are prerecorded doesn't mean things don't get a little awkward onstage.

Here are the most cringeworthy moments from the 2015 show.

First, Anna Chlumsky and Debra Messing clearly didn't compare outfits before hitting the stage together to present the award for featured actor in a play.

>> PHOTOS: ‘Fun Home,’ ‘The King and I’ win big at 2015 Tony Awards

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Twinning! Of course, dozens of media outlets were quick to point out the snafu. Because who doesn't love an awkward outfit moment?

Next, an appearance by Jennifer Lopez and Nick Jonas was supposed to be one of the highlights of the awards. But it ended up being pretty, well, weird.

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"Yes, it tells a story of how playwright J.M. Barrie found the inspiration for the tale about a boy who refused to grow up, of course." 

"In the show's thrilling climax to act one, Barrie is faced with a choice: to write something risky and new or to give up." (Video via Courtesy: CBS/Tony Award Productions)

Ugh, make it stop! As a writer for Bustle put it, "Aside from having terrible timing, they looked uninterested in their duties and it was just completely unpleasant to watch." 

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Speaking of words, "The King and I" star Ruthie Ann Miles was cut short during her acceptance speech by a rather odd sound ...

"There's a lot of people here. My heart. I'm very grateful. And especially to God, my whole heart and trust is in him." (Video via Courtesy: CBS/Tony Award Productions)

Yup, her acceptance speech was just too long for the Tonys band, which started to play her off the stage near the end of her big moment. Bye, Ruthie.

And finally, we'll leave you with this wacky gem brought to you by hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.

"I said 'Fun Home.'" (Video via Courtesy: CBS/Tony Award Productions)

That one doesn't even need an explanation. There were plenty of other memorable moments at the 2015 Tonys.

Head to the awards' website to check them all out.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Jesus Christ Superstar at the BOK Center CANCELLED

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ARENA SPECTACULAR CANCELEDMarch, 30 2014 - Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of S2BN Entertainment, announced today the cancellation of the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular scheduled for June 24, 2014 at the BOK Center.All purchased tickets will be refunded. Tickets purchased online and via telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased from outlets/venue box office must be returned to that location for refund.

MOVE: On Tour 2014 at The Brady Theater

MOVE: On Tour 2014

Thursday, May 29th

Featuring Julianne and Derek Hough of ABC's Dancing With The Stars

Tickets on sale Friday, March 21st at 10am

Brady Theater

Doors 7pm/Show 8pm JULIANNE & DEREK HOUGH TO APPEAR LIVE ON STAGE IN MOVE LIVE ON TOUR BRADY THEATER – 8PM – MAY 29, 2014 SUPERSTAR SIBLINGS TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA IN THEIR OWN ALL-NEW DANCE PRODUCTION MAY-JULY 2014 Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will star in their own all-new dance production, MOVE LIVE ON TOUR, onstage across North America beginning May 28 through July, 2014. MOVE LIVE ON TOUR will be a complete stage production, with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in-between.

According to Derek and Julianne, “No matter where we go in the world, the question we hear most from people is ‘when are you going to do something together?’ We feel that everything we’ve done up to this point has led us to creating this show and we can’t wait to share it with our fans.” The “Dancing With the Stars” champions conceived the show, which they are staging with Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (Nappytabs), best known for their Emmy Award-winning choreography on “So You Think You Can Dance.” “We’re so thrilled to be working with Nappytabs – their creative energy is perfectly aligned with ours and we couldn’t dream of better partners to bring MOVE LIVE ON TOUR to life.”

The pair, both of whom are also accomplished singers and musicians, promise musical surprises and special guest appearances in a show they describe as “a cross between a Broadway spectacular and the hippest, coolest dance party you’ve ever been to.” The Houghs and their MOVE LIVE ON TOUR troupe will also be going into local communities on the tour to engage local dance groups and non-profit organizations to include them in the whole “MOVE” experience in fun and unique ways, in order to encourage and celebrate dance.

Tickets for MOVE LIVE ON TOUR go on sale Friday, March 21. For tour routing and to purchase tickets, go to moveliveontour.com. VIP packages will be available through VIPNation.com, giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, including backstage tours, pre-show parties and meet and greet opportunities with Julianne and Derek. JULIANNE HOUGH is known to audiences around the world for her success in film, television and music. She was a two-time professional champion on ABC’s top-rated “Dancing with the Stars,” before making a seamless transition to award-winning recording artist and her feature film debut in “Burlesque.” She starred in the update of “Footloose” and the all-star film adaptation of the musical, “Rock of Ages.” Hough also starred opposite Josh Duhamel in Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe Haven,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom. She was seen in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, "Paradise," opposite Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer and will be seen in the upcoming thriller, “Curve.” Julianne has also joined forces with the Kind Campaign to create and host Kind Camp, empowering and encouraging girls to be confident, beautiful women and to eradicate girl against girl bullying.

DEREK HOUGH is an Emmy Award-winning choreographer and the only five-time champion in franchise history of “Dancing with the Stars.” With celebrity partners that have included Brooke Burke, Ricki Lake, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler and Amber Riley, Hough’s innovative and daring choreography has garnered him a total of five Emmy Nominations. He starred in London’s West End production of “Footloose” in 2006. In 2013, he partnered with World Champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White to choreograph their short program for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where the duo was awarded the gold medal after performing that routine, garnering record-setting scores and rave reviews. He is currently appearing in Season 18 of “Dancing With the Stars” with Paralympian snowboarder, Amy Purdy, premiering March 10.

Tickets in Tulsa at Reasor’s and Starship Records In Oklahoma City at Buy for Less Locations Charge at 866.977.6849 Online at www.bradytheater.com

Protix: http://www.protixonline.com/event-details?id=1896

Tickets start at $29.50+fees

Tarzan The Musical at Jenks Performing Arts Center

Jenks High School presents:

Tarzan, the stage musical at Jenks Performing Arts CenterFebruary 28 - 7:00 p.m.March 1 - 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.March 2 - 2:00 p.m.For ticket information call 918.299.4415 ex 2371 or brandon.roye@jenksps.orgBased on Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.TARZAN features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart", and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang.

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