Theatre Tulsa is bringing Fiddler on the Roof back to Tulsa at a propitious time: It just opened last weekend in revival on Broadway to rave reviews. The New York Times has been bringing out one article after another about this most iconic of iconic musicals. If you'd like to whet your appetite for Theatre Tulsa's April show (runs April 15-30), you might like this article about the new production or this one where prominent actors and actresses (Josh Groban, Bette Midler, Harvey Fierstein) reminisce about their experiences performing in the show.
I saw a production of A Doll's House a little over 20 years ago that ended with Nora throwing open the backstage loading dock doors and walking out into the streets of downtown Dallas. That director clearly thought that theatre hadn't just changed a life, but the world.
I ran across this article from The Guardian that asks this question, though the writer is skeptical. "I'm slightly doubtful that people walk into a theatre and emerge transformed. But if you think I'm wrong and you have experienced an epiphany moment in the theatre, then do please share."
Yes, do, please.
I had the privilege of working with Joyce Shank as my musical director for the first 3 musicals I directed. She is a lovely, lovely person who was as gentle with my inexperience as she was with the kids. Joyce is having some health problems lately; I went to visit her in the hospital last week and she let me take this sweet photo of her in her flowered hat. You can't help but be struck at how upbeat and positive she is. She's at her son's house now. If you have any prayers and loving thoughts to spare, you might send them her way.
Please spend a few moments today contacting your mayor and city council members. It is important to Tulsa. On Thursday, Tulsa’s mayor and city council will finalize the proposed items for the next Vision funding package to be voted on by taxpayers in March.
Currently, Arts Alliance Tulsa has a proposal being considered that would provide annual funds to member organizations. This is an historic moment because, as of today, our city does not provide funds to non-profit arts organizations. Nationally, more than 63% of government funding to arts groups comes from local municipalities. It is time for Tulsa to join the other progressive cities in the nation that help fund their local arts groups.
Not only will this money come to local arts organizations through AAT, it will send a message that Tulsa is a forward-thinking city and help us attract the best and brightest to our community.
Please contact Mayor Dewey Bartlett and city council representatives before Thursday and tell them you support the arts being included in the new Vision package. And, please do the same by forwarding this email to as many as possible. Together, the AAT member organizations serve more than 1 million people per year. By mobilizing our audiences, the arts in Tulsa will finally have a unified voice and a place at the table.
Artistic Director of Clark Youth Theatre
Mayor Dewey Bartlett Dbartlett@cityoftulsa.org
Councilor Jack Henderson Dist1@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor Jeannie Cue Dist2@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor David Patrick Dist3@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor Blake Ewing Dist4@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor Karen Gilbert Dist5@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor Connie Dodson Dist6@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor Anna America Dist7@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor Phil Lakin, Jr. Dist8@tulsacouncil.org
Councilor G.T. Bynum Dist9@tulsacouncil.org
The New York Times weighs in on the cell phone issue, but looking at it from the other side of the stage.
“My most important and consequential arguments and fights and interactions happen on my phone every day,” said the playwright Kevin Armento, whose recent Off Broadway work, “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally,” told the story of a sexual relationship between a high school math teacher and her student entirely from the point of view of the boy’s smartphone. “How would you even tell this story if it weren’t through their text messages?” Mr. Armento asked. “It wouldn’t be believable in 2015.”
Looking for possible shows to do at your theatre? Or maybe just headed to New York in the near future? Couldn't hurt to see what the New York critics think were the best shows this year.
Arts Alliance Tulsa
Green Room OK
Tulsa Little Theatre
Tulsa Weekly Roundup
Am. Theatre Co.
BA Community Playhouse
Clark Youth Theatre
G Rated Theatre
Midwestern Theater Co.
Muskogee Little Theatre
Owasso Comm. Theatre
Sand Springs Comm. Th.
Sapulpa Comm. Theatre
Tulsa Latino Theatre
Tulsa Project Theatre
Tulsa Rep. Musicals
Tulsa Spotlight Theatre