ARTS & CULTURE
Walton Arts Center Announces Broadway Season of Theatrical Must-Sees
My Fair Lady
By Anna VanHorn | Photos courtesy of Walton Arts Center
Theater lovers, rejoice! Walton Arts Center has announced its 2022-23 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series, and it is one for the record books… literally. With 26 combined Tony Award wins among the six shows in the new lineup, it is the most awarded season in Walton Arts Center history.
Subscription packages are now on sale and provide impressive benefits and incentives to those who purchase season tickets. Not only do subscribers get the best seats at the best prices, they also get priority purchasing opportunities for other Walton Arts Center shows and special engagements. Additionally, subscribers get a 10% discount on most other shows, no exchange fees and a free ticket replacement policy. It’s hard to beat the deal that subscribers receive, but the real magic is in the stellar titles that Walton Arts Center has announced.
The beloved Broadway classic My Fair Lady kicks off the season in August, telling the cherished story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. Following closely after in September, Pretty Woman: The Musical turns the popular movie into a stage production with music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.
Next up is Chicago, the razzle-dazzle musical that received six Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Revival of a Musical. After 25 years, this iconic show is still thrilling audiences with showstopping songs, astonishing dancing and a darkly funny story. Speaking of comedies, Tootsie, the uproarious musical comedy based on the movie by the same name, is a great addition to the season. Tootsie takes the stage in January.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Photo by Matthew Murphy
If these titles aren’t enough to make you a believer in the level of talent that will be displayed on the stage at Walton Arts Center in 2022-23, the next two shows are sure to knock your socks off.
Ten-time Tony Award winner Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a spectacular display of excess, glitz and glamor. Winner of the 2020 Tony for Best Musical, this is an opulent reimagining of Baz Luhrman’s revolutionary film brought to life on the stage, remixed in a new musical mashup extravaganza. A celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and — above all — love, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is more than a musical, it’s a state of mind.
Rounding out the already astonishing series is Hadestown. With music by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown dominated the 2019 Tony Awards, bringing home eight awards, including Best Musical. The show intertwines two mythical tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and of King Hades and his wife, Persephone. The beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love.
The season includes three Arkansas premiers, Pretty Woman, Moulin Rouge! and Hadestown, and is full of stories by and about women. These amazing shows, coupled with the outstanding benefits of subscribing, leave audiences with just one decision to make — which seats to choose.
Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Broadway subscriptions are now on sale for a limited time, with single-show tickets becoming available in the summer. Subscriptions can be renewed or purchased online, by calling the subscriber concierge at or in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office. Call (479) 571-2785 weekdays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or visit www.waltonartscenter.org.