Broadway and Beyond! Walton Arts Center Kicks Off 2017-18 Season

Get ready for more than 50+ dazzling productions as Walton Arts Center — Arkansas’ premier performing arts center — kicks off its 2017-18 Season!

WAC brings entertainers and artists from around the world to Northwest Arkansas, with Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more.

The first show of the 2017-18 season is TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band – a historic collaboration between country blues artist Taj Mahal, and post-modern blues artist, Keb’ Mo’ on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Beautiful

Highlights of the season include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin of the People’s Republic of China, country superstar LeAnn RimesDisenchanted and David Sedaris.

With shows from Sept. 19 through June 23, 2018 and featuring eight distinct series (Broadway, comedy, jazz, blues, kids and families, and more) – you won’t want to miss these amazing performances! Tickets and subscription packages are available by calling the WAC box office at (479) 443-5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

THE 2017-18 SEASON BY SERIES

P&G BROADWAY SERIES

The King and I

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I opens the series on Oct. 3-8 with the timeless story of an unconventional yet passionate relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. With amazing costumes and a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful,” the King and I is too beautiful to miss!

On Nov. 7-12, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas brings plenty of dancing and laughter, just in time for the holidays.

The magic continues Dec. 19-23 with Finding Neverland, a heartwarming theatrical portrayal of the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

If you prefer more spice than sugar, then Cabaret just for you! On Jan. 19-21, 2018, this award-winning production invites you into the Kit Kat Klub where a raucous ensemble takes the stage nightly.

An American in Paris comes to WAC on Feb. 6-11 with unforgettable songs by George and Ira Gershwin. The musical takes us to Paris for a romantic story about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl.

RENT

Then on March 2-4, two decades after its initial and unprecedented debut, RENT returns to NWA with its 20th Anniversary Tour.

The celebration of love and music continues April 24-29 with Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Carol Klein was a Brooklyn girl who fought her way into the record business as a teenager and by her 20s was writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she managed to find her true voice.

 

The Broadway Series ends May 15-20 with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless production of The Sound of Music, with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

10×10 ARTS SERIES:

Ballet Arkansas Emergence – Oct. 13

Cas Public Symphonie Dramatique –  Oct. 26

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Voces8Dec. 3

Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider Jan. 17, 2018

The Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert – Feb. 1, 2018

Pasadena Roof Orchestra – Feb. 24, 2018

 

 

 

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Aquila Theatre Company’s Sense and Sensibility – March 8, 2018

Dublin Guitar Quartet – March 9, 2018

Ravé Mehta’s FLOW – May 24, 2018

Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10×10 Concert  June 19, 2018

 

STARRLIGHT JAZZ CLUB SERIES:

The Huntertones – Oct. 14

Huntertones

Bria Skonberg – Nov. 10

The Latin Jazz All Stars featuring Steve Turre & Nestor Torres – Dec. 8

Donny McCaslin – Feb.10, 2018

Alicia Olatuja – March 2, 2018

Conrad Herwig – April 28, 2018

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Starts Youth Ensemble – April 30, 2018

KIMBERLY-CLARK FAMILY FUN SERIES:   

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Oct. 27

 

Secret Agent 23

 

Trike Theater presents Charlotte’s Web – Nov. 17, 19, 25-26 & Dec. 1-2

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China  Dec. 7-8

Danú A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag – Dec. 10

Walton Arts Center and SoNA Present The Snowman: A Family Concert – Dec. 17

Slingsby Theater Company’s The Young King – May 5, 2018

Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker’s The Secret Life of Suitcases – May 11, 2018

 

COCA-COLA NIGHT OUT SERIES:

At This Performance – Jan. 29, 2018

Classic Albums Live: Rumours – Feb. 2, 2018

Mummenschanz

Mummenschanz you & me – Feb. 27, 2018

PostSecret: The Show – March 9-10, 2018

VoicePlay – April 6, 2018

            

AMERICAN MUSIC SERIES:

TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band with special guest Black Pacific – Sept. 19

Jake Shimabukuro – Oct. 18

LeAnn Rimes: Today is Christmas Tour 2017 – Dec. 12

Charlie Daniels Band – May 10, 2018

            

MATTEL KIDS SERIES:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Dec. 1-2

Rudolph

Theatre Company Cahoots NI presents Shh! We Have a Plan – Feb. 25, 2018

Claire Parsons’ And Then… – March 29, 2018

Trike Theatre presents Lily’s Purple Plastic PurseApril 13-14 & 20-21, 2018

            

LOL @ WAC COMEDY SERIES:

David Sedaris Oct. 24

 

Disenchanted

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Oct. 30-31Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” Show – Dec. 13, 2017 

My Funny Valentine – Feb. 8-9, 2018

Disenchanted – March 14-15, 2018

 

WEST STREET LIVE:

Hot Club of Cowtown – Sept. 28

Hot Club of Cowtown

Joe Ely Acoustic – Oct. 19

Susan Werner Trio – Nov. 9

An Evening with Spencer Bohren – Jan. 18. 2018

John McEuen & Friends: Will the Circle Be Broken – Feb. 3, 2018

Raul Midón – March 1, 2018

SOLD OUT: An Evening with Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul & Mary) – March 31, 2018

           

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