Better than the movie

Theatre Tulsa’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tulsa Project Theatre’s “Billy Elliot” and Encore! Theatre Arts’ “The Jungle Book.”

Your favorite stories come to life with local flavor this weekend on Tulsa stages — and they’re pulling out all the stops, too. Expect huge casts, big dance numbers and even live animals.

Theatre Tulsa completes its three-week run of the beloved classic “Fiddler on the Roof” in the Williams Theater at the Tulsa PAC. Local favorite Mark Frie carries the musical as Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman who’s raising his daughters amid growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. You’ll come away humming one of the Tony Award-winning musical’s many memorable numbers (“If I Were a Rich Man” is currently stuck in my head).


Meanwhile, across the hall in the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Project Theatre is opening the first locally mounted production of “Billy Elliot: The Musical.” The Tony-studded smash hit features a score by Elton John and follows Billy, a young boy in an English mining town, as he struggles to make his dreams of being a dancer come true. 13-year-old Ford Mirowski lends his talents to the titular character.

Encore! Theatre Arts also is putting young talent front and center, with Michael Conroy starring as Mowgli in “The Jungle Book.” Sure, there may not be CGI animals with celebrity voices in this iteration, but instead the production boasts a local cast of 40 actors, pyrotechnic special effects and even live animals.

Sure, you could stay at home and watch the movie versions of all three plays — but where’s the fun in that? Make it a “tradition” to support local artists instead.


Fiddler on the Roof

April 27-30 at 8 p.m., April 30 at 2 p.m.

John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St.

Buy tickets here


Billy Elliot: The Musical

Apr. 29-30, May 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and Apr. 30, May 1 and May 7 at 2 p.m.

Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St.

Buy tickets here


The Jungle Book

April 29-May 1 at 7:30 p.m., April 30-May 1 at 2 p.m.

Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S. Delaware Avenue

Buy tickets here


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