Brandy McDonnell
Features Entertainment Reporter

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1 million page views a year for the past two years. Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary at The Oklahoman in May 2012.


  • Screen shot: OCCC begins broadcasting National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    During this year’s Labor Day weekend Arts Festival Oklahoma, which annually draws more than 25,000 art lovers to Oklahoma City Community College, the college is launching its foray into National Theatre Live, joining more than 1,100 venues around the world in broadcasting productions from Britain’s world-renowned National Theatre in London.

  • 'Of Mice and Men' remains relevant, opens Oklahoma City Theatre Company season

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City Theatre Company's 17th season will mix older plays — “Of Mice and Men” and “Top Girls” — with newer shows “Silence! The Musical” and “Alcoholidays.”. It also will showcase new works at its annual Native American Play Festival, which will move to a larger venue to accommodate its growth.

  • Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 29th season

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Not only is the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie currently staging the popular country music tribute “Always … Patsy Cline,” but the company also is planning for 2015-16 three more musicals: “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray” and he state premiere of Green Day’s rock opera “American Idiot.”

  • Maddie & Tae ‘Start Here’ with highly anticipated debut LP

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can't help but snare a little truth. That's because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye's home state of Oklahoma. “We took two of Tae's guy friends — friends, by the way — fishing with us, and they just had no idea what they were doing and were talking the whole time and being annoying and trying to bust moves. So, it really did come from a real place and a true story, unfortunately,” Marlow said.  “We did not catch anything because they were awful, but we did get a cool little song out of it.

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    News about ticket sales for major upcoming entertainment events.

  • Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival brings tales to life

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Organized by Arts Council Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival will mark 35 years of celebrating the ancient art of storytelling Thursday through Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Oklahoma event ticket tickers includes information about tours featuring Stevie Wonder, the "So You Think You Can Dance" performers, Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin.

  • Oklahoma City's Jewel Box Theatre returns to 'Chicago' to open 58th season

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    The Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City is kicking off its 58th season this weekend with its long-awaited second production of “Chicago.”

  • Elaborate Collaborate brings together Oklahoma artists

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    More than 50 Oklahoma artists have participated in a large-scale collaborative art-making project called The Elaborate Collaborate. Friday’s closing reception at the IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City will showcase artworks that look much different than the drawings that were on the walls during last month’s opening event.

  • 'Mankiller' documentary pays tribute to trailblazing Cherokee leader

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Valerie Red-Horse and her Los Angeles-based film crew spent four days last month in Oklahoma, lensing interviews with Wilma Mankiller’s family, friends and co-workers. One of the few women ever to lead a major American Indian tribe, the Tahlequah native, who died in 2010 at age 64, is the subject of the upcoming PBS documentary “Mankiller.”

  • Women tell story of prejudice, barriers in ‘Mankiller’ film

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    "Mankiller," a documentary, which PBS likely will air in 2016, chronicles the deep prejudice Wilma Mankiller faced when she ran for deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1983. In her best-selling autobiography, “Mankiller: A Chief and Her People,” the Tahlequah, Oklahoma, native wrote about having her tires slashed during the campaign.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Oklahoma event ticket ticker

  • Shania Twain makes a comeback with her farewell tour

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    One of the best-selling female recording artists in music history, Shania Twain will bring her "Rock This Country Tour 2015" to Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Oklahoma event ticket ticker

  • Reba, husband/manager announce their separation

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced Monday they are separating. They have been married for 26 years.

  • United Way's Volunteer Center upgrades website to help Oklahoma City-area agencies and volunteers connect

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer Center works to connect potential volunteers — individuals, groups or corporate teams — with the United Way’s 61 partner agencies as well as other local nonprofit organizations. The center recently upgraded www.volunteercentraloklahoma.org to a new, more user-friendly platform that works on smartphones and other mobile devices.

  • Tulsa painter tackles American Indian mascot issue with artistic helmet series

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Tulsa artist Michael Bearden is addressing the controversial issue of American Indian sports mascots through his latest project, a series of hand-painted helmets titled “Sacred Mascots.”

  • 'What We Do in the Shadows' co-director Jemaine Clement ponders improv comedy and mundane vampires

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    "What We Do in the Shadows" is a delightfully deadpan fake documentary colorfully chronicling the lives of the undead. Released Tuesday on Blu-ray and DVD, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection has been credited with infusing fresh blood into the increasingly stale vampire genre, but it actually predates many fang-bearing films.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Tickets are on sale for events in Oklahoma.

  • Police arrest Oklahoma City country musician on domestic abuse complaint

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER AND BRANDY MCDONNELL Staff Writers | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A country musician known as Stoney LaRue was arrested Monday on a domestic violence complaint, Oklahoma City police report. Stoney LaRue Phillips, 38, of Oklahoma City, was taken into custody after his live-in girlfriend called police and told them Phillips pushed her down stairs after an argument.




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Brandy McDonnell Today at 12:27 PM Photos & video: @theflaminglips and @MileyCyrus perform 'Dooo It' to close Sunday's MTV #VMAs2015 http://t.co/spuklvGBsk
Brandy McDonnell Today at 11:31 AM Okla City Community College @occccultural & @cityrep begin showing National Theatre Live series at #ArtsFestivalOK http://t.co/J0LkJfpuaH
Brandy McDonnell Today at 11:30 AM What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 31, 2015: Hear Gwar @CainsBallroom in Tulsa http://t.co/QDBbVQ0ARN
Brandy McDonnell Today at 11:29 AM Monday Catchy Quote No. 381 http://t.co/ryfnHfMVxK
Brandy McDonnell Today at 11:00 AM RT @nbc: RETWEET if you’re pumped for Season 9 of #TheVoice, premiering Monday, September 21! http://t.co/35B4HU1Pwn
Brandy McDonnell Today at 10:35 AM Video: 'The Librarians' Season 2 to premiere Nov. 1 on TNT, new trailer features double the Christian Kane http://t.co/xdg3DcdYNf
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Brandy McDonnell Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:49:55 AM CST Oklahoma City Theatre Company opening 2015-16 season with still-relevant 'Of Mice and Men' http://t.co/GxIOmFAeFp
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:03:45 AM CST RT @OKDOT: MIDWEST CITY: Right lane of NB Air Depot Blvd. closed at SE 29th St. through 9 p.m. today for drainage pipe installation. Avoid …
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:03:13 AM CST Oklahoma City Theatre Company opening 2015-16 season with still-relevant 'Of Mice and Men' http://t.co/7PJXv9K2Rx
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:02:26 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 30, 2015: Hear Porch Mice play @artscouncilokc Sunday Twilight Concert @myriadgardens http://t.co/veN1yTBNOG
Brandy McDonnell Sat, Aug. 29 2015 10:20:40 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 29, 2015: Hear The Damn Quails at the Wormy Dog or Bobby Long at the Blue Door http://t.co/hLuwGoBQtT
Brandy McDonnell Sat, Aug. 29 2015 09:54:46 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 29, 2015: Hear @thedamnquails @WormyDog or Bobby Long @bluedoorokc http://t.co/LPVku26xzN
Brandy McDonnell Fri, Aug. 28 2015 07:33:59 PM CST Finished my work week talking @WiggleOutLoud with Boom of Sugar Free Allstars @sfas. So my Friday's better ...
Brandy McDonnell Fri, Aug. 28 2015 07:18:48 PM CST Pentatonix @PTXofficial to release debut studio album of new original material Oct. 16 http://t.co/A00MLxe9ia

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