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Bringing the best of Broadway and stage to Green Country, Celebrity Attractions’ upcoming schedule includes Hamilton, The Sound of Music and The Little Mermaid.

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Donna Leahey
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March 29, 2017

Celebrity Attractions is bringing the historical and history-making Broadway hit Hamilton — Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning hip-hop musical about America’s volatile “Ten-Dollar Founding Father” Alexander Hamilton — to Tulsa in 2019.

As exciting as that news is, you don’t have to wait until 2019 for quality entertainment on a Tulsa stage.

“We have an exciting spring lineup of national Broadway tours. I just know Tulsa audiences are going to love all of these shows,” says Celebrity Attractions vice president Kristin Dotson.

Each season, Celebrity Attractions tries to find shows for every type
of theater lover. Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Finding Neverland
 will appeal to families. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is a great date night show. Theatre-goers looking for a classic will love The Sound of Music, while An American in Paris will delight audiences who love amazing dancing. This season also includes The Bodyguard based on the 1992 movie starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.

Putting together a great season of theater isn’t easy. “We start working on the season lineup a few years in advance,” says Dotson. “We do a lot of leg work before we start booking. We have to identify what tours will be on the road and of those, which will be well received in Tulsa. Then we have to see if schedules line up with dates we have for the Tulsa PAC [Performing Arts Center]. We work hard to make sure we can bring the best of Broadway at the best prices to Tulsa.”

Tulsa has a thriving arts and entertainment culture, recognized across the country for its musical talent and artistic spirit. Celebrity Attractions is an important contributor to those arts.

“Celebrity Attractions is proud to be part of the strong entertainment community in Tulsa,” she says. “The arts are a necessary component
 of a thriving community and play a big part in attracting people and businesses to the metro Tulsa area. Tulsa is a great Broadway town. We have one of the largest number of subscribers in the country and on average contribute over $40 million to the local economy.”

More than boosting the local economy, Celebrity Attractions loves to give back to the community. “We have had some great success bringing together our sponsors, the tours and local organizations to raise money. This season we have donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program, and the Greenwood Cultural Center,” Dotson says.

Like all theater lovers, though, Dotson is excited about Hamilton.

“The buzz and hype around this show is something we have yet to experience,” she says. “Hamilton is bringing Broadway to a whole new audience and we are thrilled to have a stop on the tour.”

If you are already planning how to get your hands on the hottest ticket of 2019, consider subscribing for the 2017-18 season. “Subscribers will have the first opportunity to lock in their seats for the Hamilton season and will have a chance to purchase additional tickets for family and friends before the general public.”

Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland

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Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage
April 11-16, 2017
A coming-of-age story, a
love story, a story filled with themes as topical today as 
they were when the classic movie was released in 1987, the spectacular stage production
 of Dirty Dancing embraces the story and expands on it with scenes and additional music. Set in the Catskills in 1963, with classic music, choreography, and sets, watch as Baby
and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

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Something Rotten!
May 23-28, 2017
This joyous, fun celebration of Shakespeare’s England is funny, refreshingly creative, and clean. The Bard himself is struggling with writer’s block while two aspiring playwrights, Nick and Nigel Bottom, visit Nostradamus to find out what the next big thing in theater will be. The answer? A musical. You won’t believe what they end up doing with their prophecy.

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Matilda: The Musical
June 20-25, 2017
Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, Matilda:
The Musical is the story of
an extraordinary girl who
takes control of her life and
her destiny through wit and determination. Matilda has charmed audiences from Broadway, to London’s West End, to Sydney, Australia.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid
Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2017
Under the sea, a young mermaid named Ariel longs 
to be part of the world above. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is based on the animated classic, which was itself based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story of the same name. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time or all over again with classics such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and more.

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The Bodyguard
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2017
Based on the smash hit movie, The Bodyguard is the story
of bodyguard Frank Farmer and his client, superstar diva Rachel Marron. This romantic thriller includes the music you remember Whitney Houston singing, including “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time “I Will Always Love You.” Grammy Award-nominee and R&B star Deborah Cox makes the lead role her own in this passionate and breathtaking production.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid
Disney's The Little Mermaid

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Jan. 23-28, 2018
Getting away with murder can be so much fun, and there’s no better proof than the knock ‘em dead hit show that’s earned raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. Monty Navarro sets out to inherit his family’s fortune by eliminating the eight relatives between him and the cash. Along the way, Monty must manage his mistress and his fiancé all while avoiding the police.

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Finding Neverland
March 6-11, 2018
The story of how Peter became Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

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The Sound of Music
April 3-8, 2018
The tale of young Maria and
the von Trapp family and their escape from Nazis in World
War II is a Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award winning classic. The movie, made over 50 years ago, is the most successful movie musical in history, filled with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classics like “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi.” The Green Country hills will be alive with “The Sound of Music.”

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An American in Paris
June 19-24, 2018
An American in Paris is a story 
of finding love, happiness, and
 a new lease on life. The musical 
is set in the City of Lights, Paris, as it emerges from the shadows of World War II. As the weight of the Nazi occupation begins to lift, the city’s inhabitants come alive and rediscover life’s grandest possibilities. An American veteran and aspiring painter, Jerry, is still reeling from the war when he discovers the girl of his dreams — Lise, a captivating young dancer at the ballet.

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Hamilton
TBD: 2018-2019
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer prize-winning transformation of Ron Chernow’s biography, Hamilton, focuses on founding father Alexander Hamilton, whose ambition drove him from the position of Caribbean outsider to American war
 hero and George Washington’s right-hand man. In the process, Hamilton powerfully shaped America and provided a template for what it means to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and realize the American Dream. This exploration of Hamilton’s political mastermind is being called “the most exciting and significant musical of the decade.”