Curtains rise for ‘Nanyehi’ at Hard Rock Live Oct. 29-30

The original Cherokee musical “Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward” is performed at Hard Rock Live inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. It returns Oct. 29-30. 

CATOOSA – “Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward” makes its Tulsa return Oct. 29-30 at Hard Rock Live inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. 

Tickets are $15 and are on sale. There is a $5 discount for Cherokee Nation citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Hard Rock Live Box Office at 918-384-ROCK or online in the Entertainment section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.  

This Cherokee musical shares the story of Ward, a woman who was first honored in the 18th century as a Cherokee war woman, but then as a peacemaker during the American Revolution.

The musical will feature the return of New York-based actress Michelle Honaker in the title role, Nanyehi, for the seventh time, and Tahlequah native Travis Fite as Dragging Canoe for the ninth time. In addition, the musical will feature a special guest star, CN citizen Winnie Guess Perdue, as elder Nanyehi. A longtime supporter of the project, Perdue took the lead in the 2018 “Nanyehi” short film and is supporting a role on the Martin Scorsese film, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

“The truth is I am not really an actor, or I guess I wasn’t, until recently,” Perdue said. “But storytelling has always been a cornerstone of Native culture, and this story is one I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to help tell. We should all take note of Nanyehi’s intrinsic ability to see beyond the moment and live our lives in a way that honors one another and all mankind. Her strength, wisdom and resilience are all still relevant lessons for us today, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to help share her message of peace with the world.”

The 2021 Hard Rock Live debut will mark the 11th production of “Nanyehi.” It has been presented six times in Oklahoma, twice in Tennessee and single productions in Georgia and Texas. The musical is written by Nashville-based, award-winning songwriter and recording artist Becky Hobbs and freelance director and co-playwright Nick Sweet.

Hobbs is a CN citizen and Bartlesville native who is a direct descendant of Ward. As a recording/performing artist, she has performed in more than 40 countries and has had over 20 chart records. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Alabama, Conway Twitty, Demi Lovato, Emmylou Harris, Helen Reddy, George Jones, Glen Campbell, John Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth and Loretta Lynn.

Hobbs was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in October 2015, and the “Nanyehi” short film was inducted into the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame in April 2019.

For more information about the musical, visit www.nanyehi.com.

Information on upcoming shows at Hard Rock Live, Track 5., Riff’s and Amp Bar is available online at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or by calling 918-384-ROCK. The Hard Rock Live box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.