Walton Arts Center 2014-15 Broadway Series

Broadway Series at Walton Arts Center

“We know that Broadway shows are extraordinary experiences for audiences to share with their family and friends,” says Jenni Taylor Swain, VP of Programming. “We strive to bring the newest, most interesting and entertaining shows to Northwest Arkansas, many on their first national tours. Nice Work captures the essence of 1920s-era Broadway with music by Gershwin, while the stunning stage effects of Slava’s Snowshow is a gentler, poetic spectacular that anticipated shows like Blue Man Group; Camelot is the classic story of King Arthur made current with connections to popular culture while Joseph brings a beloved Bible story to life; Once, still celebrated on Broadway, reminds me of music on Dickson Street. It offers imaginative staging that puts the audience inches away from the performance. I’m certain that our patrons will enjoy this eclectic blend of culture and entertainment this new season.”

2014-2015 Broadway Line up

Nice Work If You Can Get ItOct. 21-Oct. 26 Nice Work If You Can Get It is a 1920s-era feel-good musical comedy with outrageous characters that end up in New York to celebrate a wedding but things don’t go exactly as planned. This musical had its first run in 2012 and features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved songs like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The creative team includes songbook by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).

Slava’s SnowshowJan. 20-25, 2015

Slava, the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius, is known as the “best clown in the world,” and his snow show is celebrated as a classic theater experience. The show is intended to take us back to childhood dreams, to create joy and sad and, above all else, to make us laugh. The Guardian describes Slava’s Snowshow by calling it, “utterly breathtaking, the stage effects are dazzling…suddenly the audience is young, innocent and transported with delight.” This show is full of vibrant images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow — lots and lots of snow.

CamelotFeb. 17-22, 2015 Camelot is the classic story, as you’ve never seen it before! Revisit the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable in this four-time Tony Award-winning show.Camelot tells the story of the legend of King Arthur, who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. But when his beautiful new Queen Guinevere and the dashing Sir Lancelot, his most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues. This story of pageantry and betrayal has never been so captivating in this intimate and fresh piece of theater.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatMarch 10-15, 2015

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. This magical musical stars former-American Idol contestant and Broadway star, Ace Young, as Joseph. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will also feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as the narrator.

OnceApril 29-May 3, 2015

Once is the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when, suddenly, a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. As their romance grows, his music reaches incredible new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday love story. This show has earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features actors who play their own instruments onstage. Once was also adapted from the critically-acclaimed film and is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and never living in fear.

The 2014-15 Broadway season is sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, with additional support from Mondelēz and Saatchi & Saatchi. For more information about subscriptions and on-sale dates, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 479.443.5600 or visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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