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On With the Showstoppers

Tina Turner, Harper Lee and more take the stage for OKC Broadway’s new season.

Tina Turner, Harper Lee and more take the stage for OKC Broadway’s new season.

From Hamilton and Cats to Tootsie and Frozen, OKC Broadway’s 2022-23 season brought A-list theatricality to the local stage like never before, but despite the impressively high bar the organization set for itself last year, its latest crop of upcoming performances looks to be its grandest yet. It’s hard to beat Tina Turner and To Kill a Mockingbird

Following the grand reopening of the Civic Center Music Hall, which completed a $14.1 million renovation just in time for OKC Broadway’s new 2023-24 season, the downtown venue is once again set to showcase a dazzling spree of performances including the most popular shows in theater. 

“If you love Broadway, this is truly the season for you — the direct-from-Broadway hits that everyone is talking about and the epic blockbuster musicals that our patrons have asked to return,” said Elizabeth Gray, general manager of OKC Broadway and executive director of the Civic Center Foundation. “The 2023-24 season has an incredible number of award-winning shows. We are so excited to see you at the Civic Center Music Hall!”

It all starts Aug. 15-20 with Tony Award-winning Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations, a rollicking musical that traces the soulful legacy of The Temptations from the group’s origins from the streets of Detroit to rock and roll glory — all woven with heartfelt, poignant stories of family, camaraderie, civil unrest and chart-topping success. OKC Broadway then pivots to regal feminism with SIX, a high-octane display of gilded girl power — running Sept. 26-Oct. 1 — that tells the tale of the six wives of Henry VIII, encompassing lifetimes of history and heartache, self-determination and celebration. 

Next up, one of the most beloved novels of all time takes the spotlight, with a little help from an Academy Award-winning writer and director. Oct. 10-15, theater-goers can experience Aaron Sorkin’s lauded adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring fresh, soul-stirring direction from Tony winner Bartlett Sher. 

Rounding out 2023 is an homage to the one and only Tina Turner. Sure to be a stirring experience Dec. 26-31, TINA — The Tina Turner Musical is a loud-and-proud ode to the late great rock legend, following her inspiring rise from against-the-odds obscurity to iconography, all set to Turner’s most famed songs. 

In 2024, the new year gets underway with an added season special of Les Misérables Jan. 16-21. The Tony-winning staple sings a tale of love, loss, revolution and redemption in 19th-century France. Next, OKC Broadway channels its inner Land of Oz with a rendition of Wicked, running Feb. 20-March 10, telling the origin story of “good” and “wicked” witches long before Dorothy gets swept into the picture. Another added season special, Chicago The Musical, shimmies onto the stage April 9-14, then it’s off to Greece for the season finale, with a little toe-tapping assist from ABBA, for Mamma Mia!, slated for May 21-26. 

On the heels of one of OKC Broadway’s most exciting and successful seasons to date, 2023-24 looks to raise the bar — and raise the curtains — on a whole new level of world-class storytelling, theatricality and entertainment.