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Topic: Sooner Theatre

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Be transported back to a time of big hair, shoulder pads and Lycra when the musical “The Wedding Singer,” based on the Adam Sandler movie, comes to the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main in Norman.
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
RyanLawson

NMF: Ryan Lawson / Laura Wiederhoeft and Kyle Reid / Penny Hilary

Acoustic country, jazz and folk

Ryan Lawson's folk/country amalgam is unique for several reasons: he doesn't have much twang (like folk), he strums a lot (like country, and his vocals knob is perpetually set to "holler." He falls in the space between the genres, and his singular vision is always exciting and interesting. His set at Sooner Theatre Stage was no different. He entertained the audience with his excellent tunes and charming stage presence, despite putting up with some unnecessary shuffling of other people's equipment during the front end of his set. It was a joy to just kick back and enjoy some foot-stompin' good tunes.

It was also a joy to see Laura Wiederhoeft and Kyle Reid at Sonder Music. I'll listen to anything Kyle Reid does — so this set was guaranteed on that front — but it was also Wiederhoeft's (Off Boyd Jazz) last Oklahoma set before a move to Wisconsin. This can't-miss set lived up to its promise, as Wiederhoeft (vocals) and Reid (acoustic guitar) trotted out originals by both, jazz standards and even a Reid instrumental on cigar box guitar (his latest venture). The originals were the most riveting, with Reid's instrumental being a jaw-dropping highlight. Wiederhoeft's voice was sultry and inviting as usual, shining brightest on a Reid-penned tune about (what else?) the craziness of being in love. It was a thoroughly calming and enjoyable set. Wiederhoeft will be missed. 

The venue helped the atmosphere as well. Well lit and well-insulated from outside sound, the intimate venue was an excellent place to watch the duo work their magic. I hope they expand their role in the fest next year.

Because I knew I was going to miss Penny Hill Party on the main stage, I stopped back in at Opolis to watch Penny Hilary ("I am Penny Hilary, my band is Penny Hill," Pitchlynn said) acoustic. Her loose, meandering songs quite impressed me, exciting me for a 7" record that she said was coming out on Nice People this summer. Although her modus operandi included a flowing, easy pace, her best songs tightened up the formula a bit, allowing for immediately memorable melodies. 

by Stephen Carradini 05.05.2011 3 years ago
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Watch tomorrow’s musical stars perform their take on the hit Disney Channel movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” at Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main in Norman.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Get “All Shook Up” as Sooner Theatre’s teen campers present their production of the jukebox musical featuring two dozen Elvis Presley hits.
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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’Bout time a Grammy-winning artist brought some soul to Norman.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Let’s be Frank

Give yourself over to absolute pleasure as ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ returns for Halloween. One can feel the antici ... pation.


Features

Jenn Scott
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
10 p.m. Monday
Sooner Theatre
101 E. Main, Norman
soonertheatre.org
$10
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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A cool night of music at Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main in Norman, pays tribute to the late Wayman Tisdale, the University of Oklahoma and NBA basketball star turned smooth jazz bass guitarist.
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Who killed Tony Vegas?
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

No place like home

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Sooner Theatre clicks its red heels three times for the beloved ‘Wizard of Oz.’


Performing Arts

Susannah Waite
The Wizard of Oz
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
The Sooner Theatre
101 E. Main, Norman
321-9600
$10
 
Friday, June 29, 2012
 
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