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.
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 Rimes, Disenchanted 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.
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
Voces8 – Dec. 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
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 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
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 Purse – April 13-14 & 20-21, 2018
LOL @ WAC COMEDY SERIES:
David Sedaris – Oct. 24
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