Launching the 2011-2012 season, The Sooner Theatre continues its tradition of bringing in outstanding performing artists and for producing musical theatre shows that audiences have said rival Broadway. The Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St. in Norman, is thrilled to announced it’s 2011-2012 Main Event Concert Series and Sooner Stage Presents season of entertainment.
The Main Event Concert Series features rockin’ blues, smooth jazz with a twist of funk, and classics from the American Songbook with performances by Robert Cray, A Tribute To Wayman Tisdale and The Four Freshmen.
The Sooner Stage Presents musical theatre series will feature timeless family classics, bringing them to life on stage. Sooner Stage Presents productions include The Secret Garden and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
This season will also feature a special add-on event, a special evening of entertainment with Oklahoma’s own Rodeo Opry.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online, by phone at (405) 321-9600 or in person at the theatre box office, Tuesday-Friday, 10am-Noon & 2-5pm. Tickets for the two add-on performances are available with the purchase of season tickets. Individual show tickets for all events will go on sale September 6.
The Main Event series and Sooner Stage Presents series are made possible in part by the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support for the Main Event Concert Series is provided by Republic Bank & Trust.
More information about these and other Sooner Theatre programs is available at www.soonertheatre.org or by calling (405) 321-9600.
MAIN EVENT CONCERT SERIES
October 6, 2011, 8:00 pm
THE ROBERT CRAY BAND
Five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray is known as one of the most popular artists in blues and soul music. Cray helped to shape the blues on the national scene in the 1980s with his breakthrough albumStrong Persuader in 1986. His soulful and creative guitar work has been a dominant force in blues. Over the years Cray’s musical influence has been recognized and acknowledged. This year, Cray was inducted into the 2011 Class of the Blues Hall of Fame. The current Robert Cray Band lineup of Cray, Richard Cousins, Jim Pugh, and Tony Braunagel came together at Santa Barbara Sound Design in Santa Barbara,California, to record what became the band’s latest release, This Time. As ever with Robert Cray’s undefinable sound, the music on This Time remains stubbornly beyond category. He has been internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues, and such punchy outings as “Chicken in the Kitchen” and “That’s What Keeps Me Rockin’” should satisfy the most demanding blues fans. But the new album’s barrier-busting material – whether it’s the soulful “Love 2009” or the profound balladry of “This Time” and “Forever Goodbye” – demonstrate once again that attempting to slot Cray in a single genre is an exercise in futility.
Star Circle $50
Main Floor $45
Premiere Balcony $45
November 4, 2011, 8:00 pm
A TRIBUTE TO WAYMAN TISDALE
Led by saxophonist and Wayman Tisdale’s music director, Tom Braxton, this special evening of music features the smooth jazz sounds Tisdale was known for following his stellar University of Oklahomacollege and NBA basketball careers. Braxton and band members honor the memory of the late, great Wayman Tisdale with special guest artists and friends.
Star Circle $40
Main Floor $35
Premiere Balcony $35
April 6, 2011, 8:00 pm
THE FOUR FRESHMEN
The Four Freshmen perform with that same unmistakable sound of the original group–a vocal harmony like no other. Four parts harmony, a twist of elegance, with a splash of swing, and a whole lot of fun! They have strongly influenced many groups over the years including, Take Six, Manhattan Transfer and the Beach Boys. As the 22nd incarnation of the one and only Four Freshmen, their longevity proves they are doing it right. They are some of the best jazz talents in the business. The new group not only preserves the
Freshmen sound, they enhance it with their youth, vitality and talent giving a new treatment to the Great American Songbook, performing jazz and pop standards in a show not to be missed. In their 60 plus year history The Four Freshmen have bragging rights to over 50 albums, an overwhelming 70 top selling singles, and six Grammy Nominations. The Four Freshmen Live From Las Vegas is their most recent CD release.
Star Circle $50
Main Floor $45
Premiere Balcony $45
There are no discounts available for Main Event Concert Series tickets.
Main Event Concert Series Season Tickets:
Star Circle $140
Main Floor & Premiere Balcony $125
SOONER STAGE PRESENTS
Musical theatre productions
September 16-18 & 24-26, 2011
THE SECRET GARDEN
Music by Lucy Simon
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
Directed by Lyn Cramer, Musical Direction by Jason Grife
Mary Lennox played by Addison Baker
Archibald Craven played by Thomas E. Cunningham, appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Mandy Jiran, Vince Leseney, Cory Lingner, Dalycia Rich Phipps, Ava Maag, Alex Irwin and Michael Hardwick join an amazing cast welcoming you to visit their garden!
Star Circle $25
Main Floor $20
November 25-27, December 2-4 & December 9-11, 2011
JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
Star Circle $28
Main Floor $23
All Children’s Tickets (ages 12 & under) $15
Sooner Stage Presents discounts:
Seniors (65+), children (12 & under) and groups of 10 or more receive $5 off the regular ticket price. The children’s ticket price for Scrooge is already discounted and cannot be reduced further. Discounts cannot be combined.
Student Rush: College and high school students who show their valid school ID at the box office within one hours of showtime can purchase their ticket at 50% of the regular price for that evening’s performance Limit one (1) Student Rush discount per ID. Student Rush tickets cannot be purchase in advance.
Sooner Stage Presents Season Tickets:
Star Circle $53
Main Floor $43
SPECIAL ADD-ON EVENTS
March 2, 2011, 8:00 pm
AN EVENING WITH OKLAHOMA’S OWN RODEO OPRY
The Rodeo Opry, “Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show” has provided the best in live, family entertainment for over 30 years. Governer Mary Fallin said, “The Rodeo Opry has restored an Oklahomatradition, live country music in a venue where everyone can enjoy established performers and the stars of tomorrow. Great sounds, great heritage!” Oklahoma-based and regional musical artists perform with the Rodeo Opry Band for a live audience featuring new artist rosters and music for unique weekly shows. The Rodeo Opry band is a compilation of many of the most talented vocalists and musicians in Oklahoma. They perform every Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Rodeo Opry located at 2221 Exchange Avenue in the Historic Stockyards District of Oklahoma City. The Rodeo Opry band has performed for state and national events including the Murrah Memorial Concert at the OKC Ford Center, various Centennial Celebrations and the International Creativity Forum held by the Oklahoma Creativity Project. This top-notch band has performed with or backed some of the most famous artists in music such as Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Wanda Jackson, Byron Berline, Bryan White, Jim Ed Brown, Opera soloist – Leona Mitchell and many others! For more information about the Rodeo Opry and these incredible performing artists and musicians, visitwww.rodeoopry.com or tune in to see a recorded episode every Friday and Sunday at 8pm on KSBI TV 52 (Cox Channel 7 and HD 707).
Star Circle $25
Main Floor & Premiere Balcony $20