Upcoming Events

Add a bit of theatrical flair to your family’s holiday plans! This Thanksgiving, the world’s best-loved musical ANNIE returns to Walton Arts Center in a brand new incarnation of the iconic original with such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Michael McDonald<br><em>This Christmas</em> - An Evening of Holiday and Hits
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, his unmistakable sound has made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers of our time. During this special evening, McDonald will combine yuletide favorites and modern Motown classics with his signature hits like “I Keep Forgettin” and ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics. His stirring baritone will add the perfect blend of hope and cheer to your holiday season!

Pat Martino Trio
With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, Pat Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists not just in jazz but in music at large. Be there to see him play his signature instrument as fiery and technically brilliant as ever.

Walton Arts Center and SoNA present<br /><em>The Snowman: A Family Concert</em>
Introduce your family to the magic and grandeur of symphonic music! This holiday season, WAC and SoNA are working together to present a very special screening of "The Snowman." For this event, SoNA musicians, performing under the baton of Music Director Paul Haas, will bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant kids of all ages.

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
Incorporating elements of traditional acrobatics, Chinese circus and Peking Opera, this distinguished troupe invites you into an artistic world full of history and wonder with colorful costumes, elaborate make-up and visual and aural treats. See them perform unique and inventive acts, such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion and other astonishing acts of agility.

Jim Brickman <em>Comfort & Joy</em>
Embarking on his 19th annual holiday tour, Jim Brickman, the best-selling solo pianist of our time, will once again wow audiences from coast to coast with Comfort & Joy, a celebration of the sounds of the season. During this concert extravaganza, Brickman will showcase two decades of music, including the crowd favorites that made him the most charted Billboard Adult Contemporary artist ever.

Christmas with SONOS Handbell Ensemble
Making their Arkansas debut, this California-based group widely considered to be the best handbell group in the U.S. presents an enchanting program of traditional, sacred and contemporary Christmas music that will give you a delightful new appreciation of bell choirs.

Home Free: <em>Home Free for the Holidays</em>
The fan-favorite vocal sensation Home Free returns to WAC on their second national tour supporting their first holiday album Full of Cheer. You can expect to hear all of your favorite holiday harmonies like “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and the always-entertaining “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Act fast for tickets to this are sure sell-out – it’s guaranteed to be both jolly and bright!

<em>Home Alone</em>
Movie night at the Walton Arts Center! An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

<i>It's A Wonderful Life</i>
Movie night at the Walton Arts Center! An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

<em>The Polar Express</em>
Movie night at the Walton Arts Center! A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

<em>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical</em>
The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season! Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the TV special. Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that teaches us all that what makes you different might just be what makes you special!

Brian Regan
Public onsale 10am Monday, September 28
Brian Regan is the unique comedian whose material is relatable to generations of fans and revered by comedians as the best in the business.

Simone Dinnerstein<br>
<i>Bach: Goldberg Variations</i>
American pianist Simone Dinnerstein's deliberate and thoughtful approach to piano takes you on a journey of discovery, uncovering modern musical landscapes that renew your appreciation for classical music. In this performance, she will revisit the work that brought her international recognition and critical acclaim – her 2007 Telarc recording Bach: Goldberg Variations.

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
Join us for an evening of intrigue and insight into the NPR radio show "This American Life," one of the most popular podcasts and radio programs of today. The host and creator, Ira Glass returns to WAC to discuss all he's learned (and mastered) over his 37 years at NPR's network headquarters, mixing stories on stage that combine narration with pre-taped quotes and music to recreate the sound of the show as you watch and listen along.

<i>Kinky Boots</i>
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! Winner of six Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography with songs by Grammy® and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

L.A. Theatre Works: Bram Stoker's <em>Dracula</em>
It’s an epic confrontation of good versus evil in this dramatic production by L.A. Theatre Works, the foremost radio theater company in the U.S. for over two decades. This veteran ensemble makes its celebrated return to WAC in a vibrant, spontaneous performance that features a first-rate cast with frightening film and TV credits, live sound effects and a connection that you’ve rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. It’s more than theater… it’s an event!

Classic Albums Live presents <br>The Beatles' <em>Abbey Road</em>
Classic Albums Live makes their highly-anticipated stop at WAC to perform The Beatles’ immaculately produced Abbey Road album in its entirety. These first-rate musicians are dedicated to faithfully recreating every sound on the original album exactly as you remember it. “Come Together” to celebrate the enduring, powerful and transformational music of these rock legends and hear your favorite Beatles songs performed just as they were intended!

This all-male troupe has become one of the hottest dance tickets around, boasting rave reviews and sell-out performances around the world.The brainchild of two former Royal Ballet dancers, The Boyz have quickly established themselves as one of the most innovative forces in contemporary dance with a distinctive style that's sure to leave you wanting more.

Paula Poundstone
Widely known as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me," the always-hilarious Paula Poundstone visits WAC with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy to deliver insightful, spontaneous humor as she never has before!

<em>Mamma Mia!</em>
Over 50 million people all around the world (including NWA!) have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No. 1 Show!

B&eacute;la Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity that is almost unthinkable coming from just two banjos and one voice. Together, the married couple employs the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat that you won’t soon forget. It’s a one-of-a- kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities!

Eldar Trio
Widely considered to be a child prodigy, Eldar Djangirov’s performances display brilliancy, complexity and discipline, as he takes sparkling command of the piano, using a combination of approaches that create new horizons for music.

<em>Goodnight Moon</em> and <em>Runaway Bunny</em><br>presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Incorporating innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects and evocative original music, this of presentation two of the most enduring and beloved children books of all time is uniquely attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood, both with soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery that will enchant your children.

Best for ages 3+.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s <em>Cinderella</em>
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

Salzburg Marionette Theatre presents<br><em>The Sound of Music</em>
The astounding magic of marionette puppetry animates the beloved musical The Sound of Music, as the world famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre revitalizes the tale of the Von Trapp Family Singers! You can expect all the highlights of the beloved story, including the treasured songs “Do-Re-Mi,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss.” The hills are still alive, if you look past the strings!

Mavis Staples & Nick Lowe
For six decades, Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music, carving a distinctive and unmistakable path in popular music. Nick Lowe made his mark in music as a producer and legendary English singer-songwriter whose own compositions include “Cruel to Be Kind” and “What's So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding.” Be one of the first to see these two musical giants perform together (and separately) in a concert that’s guaranteed to make rock ‘n’ roll history!

Danú's St. Patrick's Day Celebration
From fierce fiddle reels to pensive ballads, Danú’s high-energy performances are a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! With virtuosic players performing a glorious mix of ancient Celtic music and new repertoire – with songs in both English and Gaelic – this will be an afternoon to embrace the rich musical heritage of Ireland.

<em>A Night with Janis Joplin</em>
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” with a remarkable cast and a Tony®- nominated breakout performance by Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin is a new Broadway musical celebrating one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends and her biggest musical influences.

The Swingles
Get warmed up for spectacular VoiceJam weekend with a concert by these seven young singers who stand at the forefront of a cappella music. This esteemed British vocal band has pushed the boundaries of their genre for more than half a century. Now, they headline WAC’s second annual VoiceJam Festival for an evening of harmonic excellence!

VoiceJam Masterclasses
This pass includes entrance to all workshops and classes during VoiceJam 2016!

VoiceJam Competition
This is your chance to witness the hottest vocal bands from around the country competing for the title of VoiceJam Champion. Hosted by aca-amazing a cappella producer Deke Sharon, the competition portion of the VoiceJam festival is full of audience participation and fun for all ages. Come cheer on these vocal masters and cast your vote for aca-fan favorite!

<em>Love That Dog</em><br>presented by Theatergroep Kwatta
Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher Ms. Stretchberry won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments - and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. Love That Dog tells the story of how Jack finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper and of course, a dog.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the most original forces in contemporary dance, demonstrating fluency in a wide range of techniques and forms with a deep comprehension of abstract artistry and emotional nuance. Highly acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire, the company performs works by masterful American and international choreographers.

<em>Menopause The Musical</em>®: The Survivor Tour®
The show that’s brought hilarity to millions worldwide is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. Menopause The Musical is a musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s that will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, this show is the first of its kind, partnering with Susan G. Komen and donating a portion of every ticket sale to end breast cancer forever.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis
NEA Jazz Master, Tony Award® nominee, “The Tonight Show” bandleader, Drama Desk Award winner and three-time Grammy Award® winner – these are just a few of the accolades granted to the legendary Branford Marsalis. Don’t miss your chance to hear this revered instrumentalists play with one of the most innovative and celebrated jazz quartets playing today!

Keb' Mo'
For the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated his reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. Don’t miss the return of this three time Grammy Award®-winner and his famous blend of blues, pop, R&B, rock, jazz and soul music as he celebrates the release of his twelfth full length album BLUESAmericana, featuring some of the most poignant and joyfully melodic numbers he’s ever recorded.

<em>The Bridges of Madison County</em>
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now an irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. With gorgeous, soulful music that the Daily News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade,” THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

Malpaso Dance Company<br> with Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Octet
These impeccable dancers are committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century, working with top choreographers from outside Cuba’s walls while developing talent from within. The evening ends with a live performance by Grammy Award(R)-winning Cuban-American composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Octet. This performance celebrates Latin culture with some of the world's most accomplished solo musicians presenting the very best in dance music.

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Octet
In 2002, Grammy Award®-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill established the Afro Latin Jazz Octet (ALJO), bringing together the drama of a large jazz ensemble, the culture of Latin music and the virtuosity of eight of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians.

Witness firsthand the many worlds of sound still waiting to be explored! With astonishingly powerful vocal harmonies and a spare, yet unforgettable visual aesthetic, Ukranian “ethno chaos” group DakhaBrakha revives Ukranian native folk tunes, giving them an intriguing contemporary edge while simultaneously crafting a trans-national sound using traditional instruments from around the world.

<em>The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart</em><br>presented by the National Theatre of Scotland
Pull up a chair and whet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on! Inspired by the border ballads - and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke - a dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience. Come share the stage with five talented actor/musicians who radiate authenticity in a demanding performance that exudes a “terrific, inventive sense of fun…” (The Scotsman). 4 shows in Starr Theater!

NETworks presents<br /><em>Disney's Beauty and the Beast</em>
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Northwest Arkansas! Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Relive the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Walton Arts Center with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest.”

Spin, part indie music concert, part performance poetry, part history lesson, celebrates the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

Told through physical theater, illusion and music, Egg is a funny non-verbal exploration of the theme of leaving the nest performed by In Cahoots Theatre Company of Belfast, Ireland.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra
Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere Arts + Nature Festival is dedicated to introducing meaningful dialogue about the natural beauty of our local and global environment through innovative arts experiences. An integral and impressive component of Artosphere is its lauded orchestra, led by internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris. Their talent is unmatched and their joyful sound is unforgettable. Help us welcome back these accomplished musicians for the sixth time as they present their annual 10x10 concert.

Cyrille Aimée
"It's impossible to not be charmed by French moppet Cyrille Aimée and her infectious joie de vivre." - JazzTimes