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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Supreme Court justice and opera enthusiast Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a different set of robes next month, moving from her court chambers to the stage.

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On Nov. 12, the 83-year-old will perform in a non-singing role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The Washington National Opera announced her one-time, opening night role in its staging of the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. next month.

“While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show,” the opera said in a statement.

The script of the opera will be slightly altered to mention Ginsburg’s job as a Supreme Court justice. Her character has been played by a diverse set of performers, from Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to actress Bea Arthur.

Ginsburg, however, is no stranger to the stage, appearing as an extra in several operas through the years.

In 2009, she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were extras in a party scene of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” on the Washington National Opera stage, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington National Opera said she also was an extra in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 1994 and in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" in 2003.

Another Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, once made a surprise appearance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V,” playing the role of Isabel, queen of France.

Ginsburg has always had a love of the arts. According to the Washingtonian, her mother introduced her to theater at the Brooklyn Academy — “my dream place as a child.”

Ticket sales were brisk for “Daughter of the Regiment.”

“We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement,” Washington National Opera spokesman Michael Solomon told Reuters.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the PAC

Big League Productions presents the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center during the 2014 holiday season.  The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences for eight performances only November 4-9. Tickets are on sale now by calling 918.596.7109 or visiting CelebrityAttractions.com.

 The Grinch broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James (2007) and Hilton (2006) theatres in New York. Since then, thousands of families across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than any bedside story” and the Gannett papers hailed as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.”

 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical featuresthe hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. The 2012 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by 3-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien.

 Welcomed by Bank of Oklahoma, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical comes to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for ten performances only November 4-9. The performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 6 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased online at www.MyTicketOffice.com, in person at the Tulsa PAC Box Office, or by calling 918.596.7111 or 800.364.7111. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 918.796.0220.

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 Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical is a part ofthe Celebrity Attractions’ Spectacular 2014-2015 Broadway Season which also includes Once, Camelot, Million Dollar Quartet, The Phantom of the Opera and the add-on production of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis. Celebrity Attractions is proud to have KOTV-NewsOn6 and Tulsa World as sponsors for this spectacular season.

 For Celebrity Attractions’ Spectacular 2014-2015 Broadway Season ticket information, call 918.596.7109 or visit CelebrityAttractions.com. Season tickets are still available for a limited time only.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Tulsa PAC

Theatre Tulsa invites you to an evening of fun and laughter as they present Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike starting on Friday October 3, at 8pm at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the production can be purchased from myticketoffice.com

Melancholy turns to mayhem in Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony-winning comedy masterpiece! Bickering siblings Vanya and Sonia, plus their clairvoyant maid Cassandra, find their mundane lives turned upside down with a surprise visit from their Hollywood starlet sister, Masha – and her gorgeous, boy-toy Spike. A frenzied family farce from one of theatre’s freshest minds! Crazy is relative.

For more information visit the Theater Tulsa website or purchase tickets at myticketoffice.com

Gala of The Royal Horses at the BOK Center

Gala of The Royal Horses

BOK Center

Sunday, August 31

Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m.

TIKETS:          Will Be Announced at a Later Date  TICKET INFO:     Available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.     For the first time ever, riding Master Rene Gasser, creator and producer for “Gala of The Royal Horses” will be bringing his world-renowned equestrian tour to North America beginning February of 2014 with a stop at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Sunday, August 31.  Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures.“The unique qualities of the Royal Horses single them out from all other breeds in the Equine world. Their physical beauty & grace, coupled with exceptional courage and nobility make them an object of admiration and a source of inspiration for horse lovers everywhere,” says Gasser. Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will feature in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to bring the sights and sounds of Spain a heartbeat away. In the south of Spain, the tradition of flamenco dancing is rivaled only by the tradition of breeding fine Spanish horses. According to Gasser, “the breeds have been featured in portraits with European royalty, used in multiple movies and are extremely popular among riders, world-wide.” Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and the event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers these horses are capable of including the stunning maneuvers once used on the battlefield now known as “The Airs Above The Ground”. "We're going to have horses dancing alongside some tremendous flamenco dancers, and I think people are really going to be excited about watching this," Rene says. For the last ten years Rene had been touring both in Australia and abroad with his various productions, which include Gala of the Royal Horses, Lipizzaner’s With the Stars, Equestra and El Caballo Blanco. Rene is excited to bring an all-new revamped production of Gala of The Royal Horses to audiences across North America.

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Tulsa Performing Arts Center

April 1st-6th

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Celebrity Attractions and the Independent Presenters Network is delighted to announce that casting for the 2014 national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT is complete. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, the new tour comes to Tulsa Performing Arts Center April 1-6. Tickets are ON SALE NOW.As previously announced, Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) will head up the cast, which features Paul Castree as Simeon, William Thomas Evans as Jacob/Potiphar, Brian Golub as Reuben, Will Mann as Judah and Ryan Williams as Pharaoh.  Husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo first met when they shared the Broadway stage in the 2009 revival of HAIR.  “I am so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside Diana,” said Ace.  “It’s great to be back! I too am so excited to star alongside Ace in the very role I once looked up to years ago as a child in the choir,” added Diana.One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.  The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Disney’s The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of Biblical proportions.  

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Produced by the Independent Presenters Network, the tour will feature Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt, Costume Design by Jennifer Caprio, Lighting Design by Howell Binkley, Sound Design by John Shivers and David Patridge, Projection & Video Design by Daniel Brodie, Music Supervision by David Kreppel and Music Direction by Wayne Green. Presented by Celebrity Attractions, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR®

DREAMCOAT performs at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement of one week only April 1-6.  The performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday Evening at 7:00 p.m. Prices start at $20.  Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased via phone at 918.596.7111, in person at the PAC Box Office, or online at MyTicketOffice.com. Get social with Celebrity Attractions by becoming a fan on Facebook.com/BwayTULSA.  Follow the Tulsa engagement of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT on Twitter.com/BwayTULSA or join the conversation using hashtag #JosephTULSA.  JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT is a production in the Celebrity Attractions’ 2013-2014 Broadway Season which also features SISTER ACT and WICKED! Celebrity Attractions is proud to have American Airlines, Tulsa World and KOTV’s News On 6 as sponsors for this amazing season.  www.josephthemusical.com/ustourwww.facebook.com/JosephMusicalUStwitter.com/JosephMusicalinstagram.com/JosephTheMusical

Tartuffe, by Moliere

The University of Tulsa’s Department of Theatre will present Tartuffe on March 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th at the Kendall Hall’s Chapman Theatre on the University of Tulsa campus. Tartuffe is a comedy, which centers around a religious conman who infiltrates the household of a gullible man and his exasperated family. Originally written by Moliere in 1664, this newly imagined telling of the story puts us in the heart of 21st century Texas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.

For more info call TU theatre at 918-631-2567. To purchase tickets online click here.

Rodney Carrington at the Joint

Rodney Carrington will be live at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Sunday May 17th. Tickets are on sale now and start at $60.

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Bill Engvall at the River Spirit Event Center

Bill Engvall will be returning to the Event Center at the River Spirit Casino on January 24th. Tickets start at $60 and are on sale now.

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