Nov. 2, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- Hollywood is coming to Norman. "A Night for Wayman - A Tribute in Movie and Music" will take place this Friday night, Nov. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sooner Theatre.
The evening will honor former Sooner great Wayman Tisdale with the movie premiere of the "The Wayman Tisdale Story" followed by a tribute concert featuring the Tom Braxton Band. "The Wayman Tisdale Story" celebrates the life and legacy of the three-time collegiate All-American, gold-medal Olympian, NBA star and world-renowned jazz musician.
Originally scheduled for a screening at the Lloyd Noble Center, the movie will now join forces with the Tom Braxton Tribute Concert at the historic Sooner Theatre in downtown Norman. "The Wayman Tisdale Story" features never-before-seen interviews with Tisdale as he tells his own life story from childhood to his battle with cancer. The film also features interviews with Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Toby Keith, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, A.C. Green, Jonathan Butler, Steve McKeever, Billy Tubbs and the Tisdale family.
Emmy-nominated documentary director Brian Schodorf produced and directed the film and will be speaking at the premiere. The Los Angeles Times says "The Wayman Tisdale Story is a must-see film for all audiences." The trailer can be viewed here: http://thewaymantisdalestory.com.
The Scott Carter Foundation is excited to host the movie screening. The event will be just like a Hollywood premiere -- complete with a red carpet, photo ops and the viewing of the hour-long documentary. "The Wayman Tisdale Story" has been featured in multiple film festivals and has won numerous awards. It also features the song "Cryin' for Me," which was written and performed as a tribute to Tisdale by Keith.
Led by saxophonist Braxton, who was Tisdale's music director, this special evening of music features the smooth jazz sounds Tisdale was known for following his stellar OU and NBA basketball careers. Braxton and band members will honor the memory of the Tisdale with special guest artists and friends.
Tisdale passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer. He suffered from Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, which also took the life of Tulsan Scott Carter at age 13 in 1993. According to the American Cancer Society, each year about 800 new cases of Osteosarcoma are diagnosed in the United States. About 400 of those annual cases are in children and teens. Osteosarcoma is not a common cancer and more research is needed. To date, the Scott Carter Foundation has raised $1.7 million for children's cancer research. Read more about the Foundation here: http://scottcarterfoundation.org.
Sooner Theatre is located at 101 E. Main Street in Norman. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4 and tickets for the event start at $30. Tickets are available at www.soonertheatre.org or by calling the Sooner Theatre box office at (405) 321-9600.