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Veteran soul singer Shirley Murdock stars in “I’ll be Home for Christmas” in December

Over the last two decades, veteran soul and gospel vocalist Shirley Murdock has dreamed up a new career as an actress in the new holiday musical entitled, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Murdock co-stars with R&B veteran Freddie Jackson in the comedy that also features Lisa Page Brooks and Sam Logan. In it, Murdock portrays a feisty pastor’s wife who keeps order in her husband’s church and has her eye on her son being paroled from prison right before Christmas. The musical will be staged at the Newark Symphony Hall (Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall), 1020 Broad Street in Newark, NJ, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. For more information, call  (973) 643-8014.  All tickets are $38.32. On Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at 3:30 p.m., the show will make its debut at the famed Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street in New York. Tickets range from $55 to $90. For more information, call (800) 745-3000 or go to

Meanwhile, Murdock’s current radio single “Dream” is in the Top 30 of Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. It’s one of a dozen musical chestnuts that Murdock either wrote or co-wrote for her first ever live concert CD “The Journey” (Tyscot Records) that features cameos by R&B divas Kelly Price, Regina Belle and gospel powerhouse Beverly Crawford.  This will be Murdock’s second gospel project with Tyscot Records. Her 2007 label debut, Soul Food, included the chart hit “I Love Me Better Than That.” For more information on Murdock, go to or to her Facebook page at

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Scheduling updates to playwrights forum at Heller Theatre @ Henthorne

The New Playwrights Forum at Heller Theatre @ Henthorne has
transitioned into a once-a-month program. Beginning June 23, the
Forum will meet every fourth Tuesday of the month, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Upcoming dates through the summer are July 28 and Aug. 25.

Playwrights only are welcome to bring works-in-progress they would
like to hear read out loud. If you are interested in only being a
reader, please send your contact information to There may be instances when readers will be brought in for an evening.

Sharpen your pencil and begin to write now for possible production in Heller’s 10-minute play festival (“Heller Shorts – Off, Off Brookside”) coming in August, 2010!

The group is being organized by Susan Apker and is intended for adults. For more information, call Heller Theatre at (918) 746-5065.

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Theatre Tulsa presents “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star”

Theatre Tulsa presents “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star” at 8 p.m. July 9-11
at Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
“Laundry & Bourbon” takes place on a dusty front porch in Maynard,
Texas. As the afternoon sun beats down, Elizabeth and Hattie catch up on
small town tales between TV commercials and piles of boxer shorts. When
Amy Lee, the town gossip, stops by unexpectedly the bourbon flows and
the laundry flies. There are rumors about Roy, Elizabeth’s husband, but
Elizabeth may have an even bigger secret under wraps.
“Lone Star” follows Roy, a Vietnam vet, and his brother Ray as they
drink the night away out back of Angel’s Bar. Roy loves his wife and he
loves his ’59 T-Bird, but nothing else seems certain anymore. A case of
beer and several candy bars later (and after a contentious visit from
Cletis, an old high school acquaintance), Ray reveals some hard and
explosive truths. Roy is left with a two options – keep running, or
stand tall and face his future.
Both plays contain strong language and are recommended for mature
audiences only. Tickets are only $5. For more information, call (918) 587-8402 or go online to