Spring arts guide
From international opera to homegrown musicals, and everything in between, the Tulsa spring arts scene is ready to take the stage. Your seat is waiting. 

 

Every Saturday

‘The Drunkard’ and The Olio

Tulsa Spotlighters perform the melodrama "The Drunkard," the nation’s longest-running play (since 1953!), and The Olio — in which you never know quite what you’ll get — weekly.

Spotlight Theatre - Tulsa Spotlighters

 

 

January

13 • Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller

The political commentator and comedian take the no-spin zone on the road in "The Spin Stops Here Tour." BOK Center 

 

13 • Come Closer: an evening of intimate dance

Local choreographers and performance artists present works that challenge the typical audience-dancer relationship. Living Arts

 

13 • Lisa Lampanelli

The insult comic performs. Brady Theater - DCF Concerts

 

13 • Luis Alberto Urrea: From Tijuana to the World

The Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author shares experiences of his dual-cultural life. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Town Hall

 

14 • TSO Classics: Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Symphony’

Daniel Hege conducts the Tulsa Symphony in this concert, which features violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Symphony

 

20 • Youth Speaks

This annual show is designed for young Oklahomans to share their vision, their art and their souls. Living Arts

 

21 • 4 Girls 4

Four Broadway stars — Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince — share the stage for an evening of song, laughter and memories. Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - The Spotlight Series 

 

21 • Copland Rodeo: The Harmonies of North America

Signature Symphony performs William Grant Still’s "Afro-American Symphony," Michael Daugherty’s "Gee’s Bend," Arturo Rodríguez’s "Mosaico Mexicano" and Aaron Copland’s "Rodeo," with guest guitarist D.J. Sparr. VanTrease PACE - Signature Symphony

 

22 • Nathan Gunn

One of the world’s most in-demand baritones, Nathan Gunn, performs opera and pop favorites. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Choregus Productions

 

25-29 • Cirque du Soleil ‘OVO’

Cirque du Soleil takes inspiration from the world of insects for this spectacle, in which a mysterious egg appears, striking curiosity into the bugs’ lives.

BOK Center - Cirque du Soleil

 

27-Feb. 5 • ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

This Peter Pan origin story shows how a miserable orphan became The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up and explores the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Theatre Tulsa Next Stage

 

28 • ‘Michael Carbonaro Live!’

The comedian and magician, known for his "Magic Clerk" segments on "The Tonight Show," performs. Brady Theater - Outback Concerts

 

28-29 • ‘Paw Patrol Live!’

Ryder and his pup pals from the Nick Jr. show "Paw Patrol" come to town on their first live tour. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - VStar Entertainment

 

 

February

1 • Brown Bag It: Tulsa Opera Big Sing

Tulsa Opera presents an interactive opera singing experience. Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust

 

3-12 • ‘The Philadelphia Story’

A socialite’s wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive journalist. Sapulpa Community Theatre

 

9 • Concerts with Commentary: Violin Explosion

Violinist Maureen O’Boyle presents a program of music for unaccompanied violin, including pieces by Bach, Kreisler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Meinig Recital Hall, Lorton Performance Center - TU School of Music

 

10-12 • ‘Dorothy and the Prince of Oz’

This new ballet features sets by McArthur Genius Award-winner Basil Twist, costumes by top designer Mark Zappone, libretto and score by Vienna State Opera musicologist Oliver Peter Graber and choreography by international master Edwaard Liang. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Ballet

 

10-18 • ‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’

Two bumbling Alabama brothers think they shot down an angel, though they’ve never managed to shoot a duck, in this comedy by Mitch Albom, author of "Tuesdays with Morrie." Muskogee Little Theatre

 

10-19 • ‘Avenue Q’

This hilarious adult take on "Sesame Street" features puppets singing songs such as "Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist," "I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today" and "What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?" It won the Tony Award Triple Crown — Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book — in 2004. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Project Theatre

 

17-26 • Andrew Lippas’ ‘The Wild Party’

Two lovers decide to throw a party in their Manhattan apartment and tragedy ensues — all told in an immersive dinner-theater experience. IDL Ballroom - Theatre Pops

 

17-26 • ‘Barefoot in the Park’

Neil Simon’s beloved play about two newlyweds, for whom everything goes wrong, comes to Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow Community Playhouse

 

17-26 • Miró Quartet: Beethoven Winter Festival

The Austin-based group returns to the PAC, offering the rare opportunity to hear the complete Beethoven quartet cycle performed live over six nights. Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Chamber Music Tulsa

 

19-25 • ‘Court-Martial at Fort Devens’

When an openly racist colonel demotes a group of young black women in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II from medical technicians to cleaning duty, a battle of wills ensues as the women fight for their rights. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Theatre North

 

24-25 • Night at the Oscars

Signature Symphony performs pieces from the scores of Oscar-winning films. VanTrease PACE - Signature Symphony

 

25 • Puccini to Pop

Six internationally acclaimed artists come together for this concert of opera and pop favorites: sopranos Leona Mitchell, Alyson Cambridge and Sarah Joy Miller; tenor David Miller (of Il Divo); baritone Michael Todd Simpson; and conductor James Lowe. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Opera

 

28-March 1 • Shen Yun

Shen Yun celebrates 5,000 years of Chinese music and culture through awe-inspiring dance. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Falun Dafa Association Oklahoma

 

 

March

1 • Brown Bag It: Lise Glaser

Tulsa Symphony’s principal oboist performs. Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust

 

2-5 • ‘Little Women: The Musical’

ORU Theatre presents a musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Howard Auditorium - ORU Theatre

 

3-4 • ‘Remembering What Never Happened’ and ‘Under the Skin’

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer perform mind-bending multimedia dance pieces. Living Arts - Bridgmam | Packer Dance

 

3-12 • ‘Sweeney Todd’

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street seeks revenge on the man who banished him from London and, with the help of his friend Mrs. Lovett, bakes people into pies in this beloved horror-musical by Stephen Sondheim. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Theatre Tulsa

 

4 • Rockin’ Road to Dublin

The next generation of Irish song and dance — like a punky Riverdance. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Rockin’ Road to Dublin

 

9 • Concerts with Commentary: Poetry and Prose

Soprano Judith Raiford, cellist Diane Bucchianeri and pianist Brady McElligott perform Vincent Persichetti’s cycle, "A Net of Fireflies," which is based on Japanese haiku verse, as well as the premiere of a trio based on texts by Eugene Field. Lorton Performance Center, Gussman Concert Hall - TU School of Music

 

10-18 • ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’

Adapted by Herman Wouk from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Caine Mutiny," this play depicts the court-martial of a young lieutenant who relieved his captain of command in the midst of a typhoon because, he claims, the captain was a psychopath who was leading the ship and its crew to destruction. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - American Theatre Co.

 

11 • Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

Signature Symphony and Tulsa Opera Studio Artists perform Mozart’s "Requiem." VanTrease PACE - Signature Symphony and Tulsa Opera

 

11 • TSO Pops: Route 66 — A Trip Down Memory Road

Tulsa Symphony performs a road trip soundtrack featuring songs that pay tribute to people and places along the Mother Road. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Symphony

 

12 • Tulsa PAC 40th Anniversary Concert: Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Ella Fitzgerald was the featured performer when the PAC opened in 1977. This concert pays tribute to that inaugural performance with Monheit and Payton, who together released an album in tribute to Fitzgerald last year. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust

 

14-19 • ‘Motown the Musical’

This jukebox musical traces Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Temptations and many more. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Celebrity Attractions

 

23 • The Road to Love is …

Dr. Barry Epperley’s jazz vocal group, Sheridan Road, performs songs for every kind of love. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Sheridan Road Ensemble

 

23-26 • ‘Lysistrata’

Originally performed in 411 BC, this comedy by Aristophanes tells of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lorton Performance Center - TU Theatre

 

24-26 • ‘Swan Lake’

Tulsa Ballet performs this classic about a young woman trapped in the body of a swan, with choreography by Marcello Angelini. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Ballet

 

March 24-April 2 • ‘Fairy-tale Academy’

Spotlight Children’s Theatre presents this world premiere play by Machele Miller Dill and Ed Dill. Spotlight Theatre - Spotlight Children’s Theatre

 

29 • ‘Brain Candy Live!’

Adam Savage of "Mythbusters" and "Tested" and Michael Stevens of "Vsauce" will present in this scientific celebration of curiosity. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - 35 Concerts

 

31 • ‘Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move’

Alexander’s father has just taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, but Alexander likes where he is just fine and just knows he’ll hate the new place. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust 

 

31 • Joel Sartore — PhotoArk: National Geographic’s Modern-day Noah

A freelance photographer for National Geographic, Sartore’s latest undertaking is to create portraits of the 12,000 captive species of animals before they disappear. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Town Hall

 

31-April 2 • ‘The Rainmaker’

The N. Richard Nash play tells the story of Lizzie Curry, a spinster living in a drought-ridden town during the Great Depression. Sapulpa Community Theatre

 

31-April 9 • ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’

Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, this play re-examines the plight and fate of the Bible’s most infamous and unexplained sinner. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Theatre Pops

 

April

1 • Black Grace

Inspired by Samoan and New Zealand cultures, Black Grace creates innovative dance that reaches across social, cultural and generational barriers. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Choregus Productions

 

1 • ‘Greater Tuna’

All of the residents of the third-smallest town in Texas are played by just two men in this comedy. Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - The Spotlight Series

 

2 • Hermitage Piano Trio

Pianist Ilya Kazantsev, violinist Misha Keylin and cellist Sergey Antonov perform pieces by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov in their Tulsa debut performance. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Chamber Music Tulsa

 

5 • Brown Bag It: Tulsa Camerata

Tulsa Camerata performs contemporary chamber music. Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust

 

7-8 • Signature Celtic: Lucky Enough to be Irish

Cherish the Ladies, helmed by award-winning flutist Joanie Madden, performs traditional and forward-thinking Irish music. VanTrease PACE - Signature Symphony

 

8 • TSO Classics: Brahms’ ‘Requiem’

Unconvinced of the afterlife, Brahms composed "German Requiem" not as a mass for the dead, but instead as a work of consolation for those left behind. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Symphony

 

11-16 • ‘Dirty Dancing’: The Classic Story on Stage

You’ll have the time of your life while watching this adaptation of the movie favorite. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Celebrity Attractions

 

12-13 • ‘Harriet the Spy’

Based on the popular children’s novel, an 11-year-old spy takes on her latest caper. Howard Auditorium - ORU Theatre and The Playhouse Tulsa

 

14-23 • ‘Bug’

A Gulf War veteran in a seedy motel room grows increasingly paranoid, drawing those around him into his delusions, in this play by Tracy Letts. VanTrease PACE - TCC Theatre

 

18 • Che Malambo

This Argentine company presents a percussive dance spectacle inspired by the South American cowboys known as gauchos. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Choregus Productions

 

20 • Concerts with Commentary: Classical Benny

Clarinetist Kristi Sturgeon, violinist Paulo Eskitch, and pianists Brady McElligott and Allyson Eskitch perform works commissioned by "The King of Swing," Benny Goodman. Meinig Recital Hall, Lorton Performance Center

 

20-29 • ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

Sharpshooter Annie Oakley rises to the top of Buffalo Bill’s "Wild West Show" in this Broadway classic that features such Irving Berlin standards as "There’s No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do." John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Sand Springs Community Theatre

 

21 • Michael A. McFaul

Michael A. McFaul is one of the most renowned experts on foreign affairs in the country, a recent U.S. ambassador to Russia and the former senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Town Hall

 

21-23 • TBII: Emerging Choreographers Showcase

Tulsa Ballet’s second company performs three world-premiere works by choreographers Jennifer Archibald, Rodrigo Hermesmeyer and Arman Zazyan. Studio K - Tulsa Ballet

 

21-29 • ‘Spamalot’

The Knights of the Round Table dance when e’er they’re able and sing from the diaphragm in Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot.’ Muskogee Little Theatre

 

21-30 • ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

Five Southern women — who met on their college swim team — convene for a long weekend each year to catch up and laugh. This play focuses on four of those weekends, spanning 33 years. Broken Arrow Community Playhouse

 

22 • Mahler’s ‘Symphony No. 1’

Signature Symphony performs the U.S. premiere of Ross Edwards’ "Dawn Mantras" and Gustav Mahler’s "Symphony No. 1," with the Tulsa Youth Opera and Signature Chorale. VanTrease PACE - Signature Symphony and Tulsa Opera

 

22 • Chris Botti

The Grammy Award-winning, Billboard jazz chart-topping trumpeter performs. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - 35 Concerts

 

23 • ‘Pippin’

A young prince searches for meaning and purpose in this musical, which features death-defying acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - The Spotlight Series

 

28-May 7 • ‘And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank’

This multimedia, ensemble-driven play combines videotaped interviews of Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, who were part of Anne Frank’s life, with live actors recreating scenes based on the interviews. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Project Theatre

 

30 • Lysander Piano Trio

Pianist Liza Stepanova, violinist Itamar Zorman and cellist Michael Katz perform a program of (mostly) Mediterranean music, featuring pieces by Enrique Granados, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ilan Baran and Franz Schubert. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center- Chamber Music Tulsa

 

 

May

3 • Brown Bag It: Strings and Pearls

The harp duo performs. Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust

 

5 • ‘Tosca’

Tulsa Opera performs Puccini’s masterpiece with an international all-star cast led by Russian soprano Evelina Dobraceva. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Opera

 

6 • An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

The Broadway actress returns to her hometown for a night of song. Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - The Spotlight Series

 

11-14 • Tulsa Ballet Signature Series

The company performs three of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s favorite pieces: Alexander Ekman’s "Cacti," David Dawson’s "A Million Kisses to My Skin" and Adam Hougland’s "Cripple and the Starfish." Lorton Performance Center - Tulsa Ballet

 

12-20 • ‘In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)’

This funny and provocative play set in the 1880s tells of a young doctor who marvels at what modern technology can do for his female patients (though he’s not sure what keeps them coming back), and his wife, who longs to connect with him sans electric assistance. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - American Theatre Co.

 

12-21 • ‘Abuela’s Tales’

Spotlight Children’s Theatre presents this world-premiere musical by Machele Miller Dill and Rebecca Ungerman. Spotlight Theatre - Spotlight Children’s Theatre

 

12-21 • ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Theatre Tulsa performs the epic Biblical rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Theatre Tulsa

 

13 • TSO Classics: ‘The Firebird’

Daniel Hege conducts Tulsa Symphony through Haydn’s "Symphony No. 90," Kodaly’s quixotic "Háry János Suite" and Stravinsky’s ballet suite "The Firebird." Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Symphony

 

23-28 • ‘Something Rotten!’

In 1595, when a soothsayer predicts the future of theater will involve singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers, a duo of desperate would-be playwrights, set out to write the world’s first musical. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Celebrity Attractions

 

 

June

2-11 • ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Tulsa Project Theatre presents the classic tale of Seymour Krelborn, Audrey and Audrey II, the man-eating plant. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Project Theatre

 

2-11 • ‘Nunsense’

The Little Sisters of Hoboken hold a fundraiser to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook in this musical comedy with a clerical slant. Sapulpa Community Theatre

 

7 • Brown Bag It: Tulsa Rock Quartet

Tulsa Rock Quartet plays classic rock hits with classical instrumentation. Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - PAC Trust

 

16-25 • ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’

This absurdist comedy by comic Steve Martin depicts Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before both men changed the world forever. Broken Arrow Community Playhouse

 

17-18 • ‘The Snow Queen’

Tulsa Opera presents the American premiere of Pierangelo Valtinoni’s fairytale family opera, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the same name, which also was the basis of Disney’s "Frozen." John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa Opera

 

20-25 • ‘Matilda the Musical’

This musical adaptation of the beloved book by Roald Dahl has won 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Celebrity Attractions 

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