September 04, 2013 - September 29, 2013
William Shakespeare's Macbeth
Edgy for its time, Pal Joey
is perhaps best known for the film version starring Frank Sinatra. Peter
Schneider’s production breathes new life into this classic tale and
brings new relevance to the story that unfolds amidst this richly
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September 11-27, 2015
Murder, madness and magic haunt every shadowy corner in the most powerful of William Shakespeare’s great tragedies.
After receiving an ominous prophecy on a blood-soaked battlefield, Macbeth
and his ambitious wife claw their way to the Scottish throne, and
damned be all who stand in their way! Each step closer to fulfilling his
royal Fate leads Macbeth deeper and deeper into a fiendish quagmire of
carnage and corruption, from which none can survive; not even him.
“The original House of Cards
. It’s fitting to start off a
milestone season with the English language’s greatest author,” said Bob
Hupp, Producing Artistic Director at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
“Shakespeare keeps us honest, and tests our mettle when we seek to tell
great stories that demand to live on a stage. I’ve been reading and
seeing productions of Macbeth
for more than 30 years, now I’m ready to direct it for you this fall.”
Join The Rep as we cast a spell on Arkansas audiences with this powerful production that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee | Music and lyrics by William Finn
October 16-November 8, 2015
Book by Rachel Sheinkin | Conceived by Rebecca Feldman | Additional material by Jay Reiss
Intended for adult audiences.
From William Finn, the composer of Falsettos, A New Brain and Little Miss Sunshine,
comes a Tony Award-winning look at the all-too-familiar world of
adolescence, told with hilarity, catchy tunes and surprising poignancy.
The gloves are off in the take-no-prisoners, cold-blooded, dog-eat-dog
world of competitive spelling as a menagerie of pre-pubescent misfits
vies to d-e-c-i-m-a-t-e their young rivals on the cutthroat path to the
national spelling bee championship.
Hormones rage and pulses pound as our awkward adversaries engage in
feats of o-r-t-h-o-g-r-a-p-h-i-c prowess. The winner will receive a
shining trophy and a luxurious DC hotel room with a big screen TV. The
loser – nothing but a broken heart, a pat on the back and a juice box.
“A truly funny, unpredictable night of theatre,” said Bob Hupp. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
is never the same musical twice. The actors’ wit and verbal agility are
put to the test night after night as each new audience brings new
hilarity to the performance. If you can spell “cow”, then this musical
is for you.”
Join The Rep onstage (quite literally, since several lucky audience
members will be asked to show off their spelling chops alongside the
cast each night) as we bring you this sidesplitting, irreverent,
interactive musical comedy hit!
Disney The Little Mermaid | Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film
Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
December 4, 2015- January 3, 2016
From the creators of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors,
this enchanting musical features an infectious score that includes the
popular songs “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”
Adapted from the beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson into one of Disney’s most popular animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid
is now a lavish theatrical spectacle you won’t want to miss. Plunge
into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as The Rep’s stage is
transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso
“A heart warming musical for the entire family,” said Bob Hupp. “From
Hans Christian Anderson to Disney to The Rep, generations have fallen in
love with the young mermaid who dreams of love and life on land. This
musical has it all: a great story, lush designs and all the songs you
sang with your kids. You’ll certainly want to make The Little Mermaid part of your world this holiday season.”
Fall in love with The Little Mermaid’s bubbly sense of wonder, romance and rollicking fun all over again.
The Bridges of Madison County | Based on the novel by Robert James Waller | Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown | Book by Marsha Norman
April 8-May 1, 2016
Peter and the Starcatcher | Play by Rick Elise | Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
January 22, 2015 - February 14, 2015
Contains adult language.
Think you know all there is to know about Peter Pan? Think again.
In this swashbuckling prelude to J. M. Barrie’s fantasy classic, the
secret history of the Boy Who Would Never Grow Up is revealed with
theatrical panache. Based on the popular Dave Barry books, and mixing
British pantomime with playful elements of childhood make-believe, this
raucous adventure journeys into the forgotten realms of the imagination
filled with mermaids, fierce natives, pirates and magical starstuff.
Embark upon a treacherous ocean voyage as Molly, a young Starcatcher
aboard the good ship Neverland, races to escape the comical clutches of
the dread pirate Black Stache. Accompanied by a trio of Lost Boys from a
British orphanage, she is soon marooned on a not-so-deserted island
filled with otherworldly enchantments and exhilarating danger around
every turn. Each breathtaking adventure leads them closer to the
mysterious origins of the Peter Pan you know and love.
“Who was Captain Hook before he was Captain Hook? The answer might
surprise you!” said Bob Hupp. “This rollicking new play with music is to
Peter Pan what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz.
It was mesmerizing on Broadway: funny, touching and wildly inventive.
This one is madcap fun: a dozen actors play over 100 parts. If you liked
our production of The 39 Steps, you’ll love Peter and the Starcatcher!”
In 2012, Peter and the Starcatcher was nominated for nine Tony Awards.
Peter and the Starcatcher will be presented as a co-production
with TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Ark. The Rep presents the regional
premiere of this award-winning play as a perfect outing for young and
Fresh from Broadway, this amorous new musical from Jason Robert Brown, the acclaimed composer of Parade, Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years,
will transport you to the soaring heights with its lush score and its
all-too-human characters. The Rep is proud to present this breathtaking
work of theatre, based on the runaway bestselling novel by Robert James
Italian-American wife and mother Francesca lives a dutiful life on a
quiet Iowa farm, until a charismatic, handsome photographer sweeps into
her world, reigniting her passion for life and reawakening her capacity
for romance. Torn between her need to be loved and her promise to her
family, Francesca must make the most difficult choice of her life.
Either way, her world will never be the same again.
“This one will melt your heart. It did mine,” said Bob Hupp. “Jason
Robert Brown has written one of the finest musical theatre scores
imaginable. I’m probably one of the few people who didn’t read the book
or watch the movie. It didn’t matter; the first note captured me. This
is the don’t-miss show of the season.”
Winner of the 2014 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, The Bridges of Madison County is an experience your heart won’t soon forget.
Fall head over heels with this poignant love letter for the stage, told
through a mixture of pop, folk and country melodies that will ignite
Second City: Hooking Up
May 3-15, 2016
America’s favorite comedy improv troupe is back at The Rep with this
gaspingly funny revue that includes a modern mix of romance, rancor and
everything in between. Hooking Up with The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls’ night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love.
Windfall | Play by Scooter Pietsch | Produced by John Yonover | Directed by Jason Alexander
June 10-26, 2016
Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame directs this world premiere production that rounds out The Rep’s 40th Season.
"I am thrilled and grateful that Arkansas Repertory Theatre is giving us
the chance to bring this fascinating and funny play to their audience,”
said director Jason Alexander. “Within this play is what many would
consider an American Dream and it becomes an American nightmare. To be
able to make our world premiere in this beautiful theater and for this
appreciative audience is a real gift and I am looking forward to it
At a small data processing business in Columbus, Ohio, four coworkers
toil under the heavy hand of their maniacal and deceitful boss. So far,
camaraderie and mutual support have allowed them to survive his low
wages, verbal abuse and unreasonable demands for perfection. But, when
his manipulation escalates to ridiculous, unprecedented heights, they
are driven to the brink of sanity.
Desperate to escape to live the lives they've dreamed of, they put it
all on the line, betting every last cent they have playing the lottery.
But the possibility of sharing the $300 million jackpot brings out the
hysterically worst in these best friends. Compassion and human decency
have no place in a world where money can buy happiness.
"I'm so excited to be working with Arkansas Repertory Theater on the world premiere of Windfall,”
said Scooter Pietsch, playwright, Emmy nominated composer and TV
producer. “I think the theatergoers of Little Rock will love not only
the humor of the play but its relevance to all of us who would love to
strike it rich."
Windfall is a dark, hilarious comedy that delves into how far
any of us would go, how despicable we might become, in our attempt to
have it all.
“Rep audiences will be the first to experience this dark, delicious
comedy,” said Bob Hupp. “I laughed out loud when I read it, I can’t wait
to see it come to life on our stage. We’ve read a lot about our state
lottery in the local papers, so Windfall is truly ripped from the headlines! And we’re honored to welcome Jason Alexander to our theatre, and to our state.”
Pietsch’s music has appeared in thousands of television episodes and
many movies, including: Pretty Little Liars, Sex and the City, Burn
Notice, Van Wilder and American Idol.
Windfall is produced in partnership with John Yonover. Yonover
has invested in more than 30 productions on Broadway, in Chicago and in
London’s West End, including Memphis, Hair, The Addams Family and Catch
Me If You Can.