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ARTS & CULTURE

By Anna Buie | Photos courtesy of Walton Arts Center

A New Broadway Season Full of Brilliant, Breathtaking Shows

Walton Arts Center recently announced its 2024-25 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series, featuring six must-see shows.

“This is the biggest Broadway season yet for Walton Arts Center,” said Jennifer Ross, vice president of programming. “We know theater fans in Northwest Arkansas want the newest shows straight off Broadway as well as returning classics.”

First up in the new season Sept. 24-29 is the high-flying musical that has been thrilling audiences of all ages. Peter Pan is brought back to life in a new adaptation by playwright Larissa FastHorse, directed by Emmy Award winner Lonny Price and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. Peter Pan embraces the child in us all, so go on a journey from the second star to the right and straight on till morning!

He earned his stripes on Broadway, and now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Northwest Arkansas on Oct. 22-27. Beetlejuice is a hilarious musical that tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. Under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every Day-O!

On Dec. 17-22, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Shucked makes its Arkansas debut. Featuring a book by Tony Award winner Robert Horn, a score by the Grammy Award-winning songwriting team Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, and directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’ Brien, this corn-fed, corn-bred American musical is sure to satisfy your appetite.

In spring, we welcome you to musical comedy heaven! Funny Girl takes the stage March 18-23, 2025. This bittersweet comedy is the story of Fanny Brice, a girl who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened — she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

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Peter Pan (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

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Funny Girl (Photo by Evan Zimmerman)

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Shucked (Photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

Great Scott! The beloved classic Back to the Future: The Musical sets its destination for Northwest Arkansas on April 8-13, 2025. When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now, he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself back to the future. When Back to the Future hits 88 mph, it’ll change musical theater history forever.

Known as one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson’s unparalleled artistry comes to the region as MJ on May 20-25, 2025. The multi-Tony Award-winning musical is centered around the 1992 Dangerous World Tour. Created by director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and spirit that catapulted Michael Jackson into legendary status.

In addition to the six-season lineup, four bonus Broadway shows were announced: Hamilton on Aug. 16-25, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical on Nov. 12-17, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations on Jan. 22-23, 2025, and The Book of Mormon on Feb. 21-23, 2025. Subscribers get first access to these shows.

Subscriptions are available now at www.waltonartscenter.org, by calling the subscriber hotline at (479) 571-2785 or in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Single tickets to Broadway and other shows in the 2024-25 season will be available later this summer.

For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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