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THE 2010/2011 SEASON IS HERE!

INSIDE: + Affordable P&G Broadway subscriptions! + Create Your Own Subscription and SAVE! + See the world’s best artists for just $10! Photo by James Porto

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2010/2011 EVENTS AT A GLANCE July Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jul. 27-Aug. 8 / pg 3 September Blue Man Group Sep. 2, 3 & 5 and 9-11 / pg 19 Susan Werner Sep. 16 / pg 20 An Evening with B.B. King Sep. 23 / pg 6 October Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Oct. 8 / pg 8 Tierney Sutton Band Oct. 8 / pg 20 Omara Portuondo: 80th Birthday Celebration Oct. 9 / pg 8 Giggle, Giggle, Quack Oct. 17 / pg 16 The Color Purple Oct. 19-24 / pg 3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jonathan Biss Oct. 29 / pg 14

The Blind Boys of Alabama Feb. 4 / pg 7 Kurt Elling Quintet Feb. 5 / pg 21

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Nov. 19-20 / pg 12

Mamma Mia! Feb. 8-13 / pg 4

December University Theatre presents A Christmas Carol Dec. 3 & 4 / pg 19

Jubilant Sykes & Alan Chow Feb. 17 / pg 10

Kathy Mattea: Songs and the Season Dec. 9 / pg 6 The King’s Singers – Joy to the World Dec. 10 / pg 14 The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Dec. 11 / pg 13 Young Frankenstein Dec. 14-19 / pg 4 January Nobodies of Comedy Jan. 7 / pg 13 Remember Me: Parsons Dance Company and East Village Opera Company Jan. 21 / pg 9

Beakman on the Brain Feb. 24 / pg 17 The Chieftains Feb. 27 / pg 15 March Vienna Boys Choir Mar. 1 / pg 19 Tango Inferno Mar. 3 / pg 22

American Legacies: Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band Apr. 17 / pg 7 May Les Misérables May 3-8 / pg 5 Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch May 15 / pg 17 Icelandic Sheep (Kindur) by TPO May 27 & 28 / pg 17 NOTE: Additional shows may be added over time. Please make sure we have your email address so we can send you updates.

Dala Mar. 5 / pg 21 Arturo Sandoval Mar. 10 / pg 22 The Mikado Mar. 12 / pg 23 Harvard Glee Club Mar. 14 / pg 10 The Pink Floyd Experience Mar. 18 / pg 13

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin Jan. 23 / pg 9

Arlo Guthrie – Journey On Tour Mar. 19 / pg 7

Joshua Bell Jan. 28 / pg 14

Julian Lage Group Mar. 26 / pg 21

Kenny Barron Trio with David Sánchez Nov. 6 / pg 9

Drumline LIVE! Jan. 29 / pg 19

100 Years of Broadway Mar. 29-Apr. 3 / pg 5

Spring Awakening Nov. 11 & 12 / pg 22

Ferdinand the Bull Jan. 30 / pg 16

Bill Bryson Nov. 15 / pg 12

February The Peking Acrobats® Feb. 1 / pg 19

November Trey McIntyre Project Nov. 5 / pg 9

An Evening with David Sedaris Apr. 12 / pg 23

April Compañía Nacional de Danza II Apr. 7 / pg 10 John Pizzarelli Trio Apr. 10 / pg 10

Contents 2 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series 6 Snickers® American Masters Series 8 10 x 10 Arts Series 12 Coca-Cola® Night Out Series 14 Masterworks Series 15 Create Your Own Subscription 16 Kleenex® Kids Series 18 Pepperidge Farm® Family Fun Series 20 Tyson Foods Starrlight Club Series 22 More Great Performances 24 TheatreSquared’s 2010-11 Season 24 University of Arkansas Concert Calendar 25 Ticket & Facility Information

*All shows, dates, times, artists and prices are subject to change Dancer: Brett Perry. Photographer: David Harry Stewart. Company: Trey McIntyre Project. © Trey McIntyre Project - all rights reserved.


From the President/CEO

Welcome to the 2010/2011 Season!

Dear friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to our new season! Amid your busy schedules, I hope you’ll set aside some time for you and your family or friends to enjoy an afternoon or evening with us. We’re proud to present a new program this season called the 10x10 Arts Series, which will give you access to the best artists in the world for as little as $10 per ticket (more info on page 19). We also have two great subscription options: the P&G Broadway subscription, which gets you six of the hottest touring Broadway shows for as little as $191, and the Create Your Own subscription, which lets you choose your own shows and gives you free exchanges and discounts. Our Box Office can tell you more – just give them a call at 479.443.5600. Enjoy! I hope to see you at the theater!

Peter B. Lane, President/CEO

2010-11 Season Sponsor:

Programming for Walton Arts Center’s 2010-11 season is made possible in part by a grant from The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

Funding provided by Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Airlines/American Eagle is the official airline of Walton Arts Center.


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Series Sponsor:

Media Partners: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers 40/29 News

Les MisĂŠrables - The New 25th Anniversary Production. Photo: Michael Le Poer Trench

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Photo by Joan Marcus

NETworks presents

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Illustration by Peter Sylvada

The Color Purple Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7pm

Friday, Oct. 22, 8pm

Tuesday, Jul. 27, 7pm

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 7pm

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7pm

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2pm & 8pm

Wednesday, Jul. 28, 7pm

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7pm

Thursday, Oct. 21, 7pm

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2pm & 7pm

Thursday, Jul. 29, 7pm

Thursday, Aug. 5, 7pm

Tickets as low as: $39

Friday, Jul. 30, 8pm

Friday, Aug. 6, 8pm

Support provided by Billie and Joe Fred Starr

Saturday, Jul. 31, 2pm & 8pm

Saturday, Aug. 7, 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, Aug. 1, 2pm & 7pm

Sunday, Aug. 8, 2pm & 7pm

Tickets as low as: $39 Show Sponsor: M&M's Support provided by Lee and Linda Scott and The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY EVER TOLD COMES TO LIFE! “Musical theater that sparkles!” – Providence Journal Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming 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. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Walton Arts Center!

THE COLOR PURPLE is a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards, THE COLOR PURPLE is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love, and a Broadway phenomenon. With a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a community of joy. “A ROOF-RAISING STORY OF TRIUMPH!” –Michael Kuchwara, AP “A SOARING, EPIC TALE. It made a JOYFUL noise in my heart.” –Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine “BLESSED WITH TALENT. A bright odyssey of survival and triumph with a fairy-tale sense of wonder.” –Ben Brantley, New York Times Contains mature content.

*All shows, dates, times, prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket facility fee.

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Art by Mark Stutzman

MAMMA MIA! North American Tour 2009 by Carol Rosegg

Young Frankenstein

MAMMA MIA!

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7pm

Friday, Dec. 17, 8pm

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7pm

Friday, Feb. 11, 8pm

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7pm

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2pm & 8pm

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7pm

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2pm & 8pm

Thursday, Dec. 16, 7pm

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2pm & 7pm

Thursday, Feb. 10, 7pm

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2pm & 7pm

Tickets as low as: $29

Tickets as low as: $53 Show Sponsor: General Mills

The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE... and it’s headed here! You’ll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Broadway.com Audience Award for BEST MUSICAL! Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster – but not without scary and hilarious complications. The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and threetime Tony winner Mel Brooks himself – who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book – along with his record-breaking team from THE PRODUCERS: five-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony-winning writer, Thomas Meehan. Contains mature content.

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Support provided by The Jim and Diane Blair Charitable Foundation

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 40 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. 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!

Content information: Though many of our Broadway shows can be enjoyed by the entire family, most are 2 hours long (or more) making it difficult to hold a child’s attention. In addition, some shows contain content that may not be appropriate for children. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


CAMERON MACKINTOSH'S ACCLAIMED NEW PRODUCTION

BOUBLIL & SCHÖNBERG’S LEGENDARY MUSICAL LYRICS BY HERBERT KRETZMER

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway

Les Misérables

Tuesday, Mar. 29, 7pm

Friday, Apr. 1, 8pm

Tuesday, May 3, 7pm

Friday, May 6, 8pm

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 7pm

Saturday, Apr. 2, 2pm & 8pm

Wednesday, May 4, 7pm

Saturday, May 7, 2pm & 8pm

Thursday, Mar. 31, 7pm

Sunday, Apr. 3, 2pm & 7pm

Thursday, May 5, 7pm

Sunday, May 8, 2pm & 7:30pm

Tickets as low as: $23

Tickets as low as: $49

Support provided by Bob and Marilyn Bogle

Show Sponsor: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Direct from New York! Neil Berg’s widely acclaimed 100 Years of Broadway, a musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows, featuring a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band, is coming to Walton Arts Center! According to San Francisco’s KABC radio theater critic, Jerry Friedman, “This revue features some of the best songs from the best Broadway shows, all sung by some of the most talented performers working today singing many of the hit songs that they have sung on Broadway.” 100 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows.

DREAM THE DREAM Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original.” The Western Mail says “an outstanding success – the best version yet.” The South Wales Echo proclaims “such an experience, lavish and impressive – a guaranteed crowd pleaser” and the South Wales Argos says “dream the dream – it is worth all of the hype. A magnificent production…of one of the greatest musicals of them all.”

*All shows, dates, times, prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket facility fee.

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Kathy Mattea – Songs and the Season

An Evening with B.B. King

American Masters Series

Thursday, Sep. 23, 7pm Tickets as low as: $58 ON SALE JULY 14! Support provided by Hershey and Denise Garner

His reign as “King of the Blues” has been as long as that of any monarch on earth, yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. After performing for more than half a century, the legendary bluesman is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion.

Kathy Mattea – Songs and the Season Thursday, Dec. 9, 7pm Tickets as low as: $28

Series Sponsor:

Support provided by Bob and Becky Alexander

Media Partner: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

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Ten years after winning a Grammy® Award for Good News, her first collection of Christmas songs, Kathy Mattea returned to the subject with a second holiday album, Joy For Christmas Day, which adds a new layer of artistic and spiritual growth to the tradition. She’s crafted a wide-ranging yet coherent set that, like its predecessor, highlights the “good news” of the holidays and its spiritual message with a thoughtful blend of old favorites and new songs. Content information: Though some of our concerts can be enjoyed by the entire family, they are not designed for children. For more information about whether a specific performance is right for your family, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


Arlo Guthrie’s Journey On Tour with the Burns Sisters

The Blind Boys of Alabama

American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Blind Boys of Alabama Tickets as low as: $26

American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Support provided by Hershey and Denise Garner

Sunday, Apr. 17, 7pm

Friday, Feb. 4, 8pm

Tickets as low as: $32

Rolling Stone calls them “a superweapon of roots-music uplift.” With five Grammys® and the 2009 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award under their belts, it’s no wonder that the Blind Boys’ musical roots run deep and wide; they’ve been spreading old-time gospel throughout the world since 1939. These inspiring gospel music veterans are back to bring down the house with their unique, soul-stirring sound.

Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces Presenting Program

Together in concert, these two American musical legends create a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz culture of New Orleans.

Arlo Guthrie’s Journey On Tour with the Burns Sisters Saturday, Mar. 19, 8pm Tickets as low as: $26

In his much anticipated return to Walton Arts Center, everybody’s favorite American folk singer and counter-culture icon Arlo Guthrie is joined on stage by New York-based vocalists the Burns Sisters.

Create Your Own Subscription Choose 4 or more shows and get free exchange privileges + discounts!

*All shows, dates, times, prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket facility fee.

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s - Great Quintets

Walton Arts Center is proud to introduce the new 10x10 Arts Series. Now you can see the world’s best artists, from jazz to classical to dance – for as little as $10!

Omara Portuondo: 80th Birthday Celebration

1 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Great Quintets Friday, Oct. 8, 8pm Tickets as low as: $10

Buy now and get prime seats – on the floor, near the stage. (Did we mention most tickets are just $10?) Each show will have unique pre and postshow activities to give you a chance to delve deeper into the experience – artist meet & greets, pre or post-show conversations, and more!

So get your friends together and come out to see some of the best artists in the world – for just $10!

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings together a remarkable group of musicians to perform three outstanding exemplars of the quintet genre: Mozart’s Viola Quintet in E-flat major, K. 614; Mendelssohn’s Viola Quintet in A major, Op. 18 and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115.

2 Omara Portuondo: 80th Birthday Celebration Saturday, Oct. 9, 8pm Tickets as low as: $10

Omara Portuondo, Buena Vista Social Club vocalist and former Tropicana cabaret dancer, has mesmerized the music world with dynamic and sultry vocals for more than 60 years. Don’t miss a special evening with whom the Los Angeles Times calls “the queen of Caribbean vocals.”

Content information: Though many of our 10x10 performances can be enjoyed by the entire family, they are not designed for children. For more information about whether a specific performance is right for your family, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


Dancer: Chanel DaSilva Photographer: David Harry Stewart Company: Trey McIntyre Project © Trey McIntyre Project - all rights reserved

Trey McIntyre Project

Kenny Barron Trio with David Sánchez

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Remember Me: Parsons Dance Company and East Village Opera Company

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin

Photo: Stephen Roehl

Tickets as low as: $10

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Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

Friday, Jan. 21, 8pm

Friday, Nov. 5, 8pm

Tickets as low as: $10

Trey McIntyre, one of the most sought-after choreographers working today, and his company of expert dancers come back to Walton Arts Center to perform McIntyre’s latest work Wild Sweet Love; which features music from Queen, Lou Reed, Roberta Flack, Felix Mendelssohn, The Zombies and many more.

4 Kenny Barron Trio with David Sánchez Saturday, Nov. 6, 8pm

Support provided by Tom and Vina Hyde

Choreographed and directed for the stage by David Parsons, this performance is a high-energy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music – combining the athleticism of Parsons Dance Company with the exhilarating live vocal performances of East Village Opera Company.

Tickets as low as: $10

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Show Sponsor: Greenwood Gearhart, Inc.

Sunday, Jan. 23, 2pm Tickets as low as: $10

NEA Jazz Master and American Jazz Hall of Fame pianist Kenny Barron’s ability to captivate audiences with elegant piano playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms inspired the Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Barron and his band will be joined by Grammy® winning tenor saxophonist David Sánchez in what promises to be a monumental concert event.

Founded in 1984 by the principal concertmaster and the string section leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has established itself among the world’s premier string quartets. Hailed as “four of the best” by the British press, the Quartett will perform a program including Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, KV 421; Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 5 and Robert Schumann’s String Quartet in F Major, op. 41 no. 2.

*All shows, dates, times, prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket facility fee.

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Jubilant Sykes & Alan Chow

John Pizzarelli Trio

Compañía Nacional de Danza II

Photo © 2007 Stanley Rowin

Harvard Glee Club

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Thursday, Feb. 17, 7pm

Sunday, Apr. 10, 7pm

Tickets as low as: $10

Tickets as low as: $10

Show Sponsor: Greenwood Gearhart, Inc. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces Presenting Program

In celebration of Black History Month, Walton Arts Center is proud to welcome back classically trained baritone Jubilant Sykes and pianist Alan Chow. These celebrated musicians will perform both the music of Copland as well as African-American Spirituals.

Considered the “captain of cool” by many jazz aficionados, guitarist/ vocalist John Pizzarelli is internationally known as a consummate entertainer, bringing smooth jazz flavor to every performance and recording. Pizzarelli and his band will provide an unforgettable evening of original offerings, classic standards and late-night ballads.

10 Harvard Glee Club Monday, Mar. 14, 7pm // At Arend Arts Center in Bentonville

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Tickets as low as: $10

Thursday, Apr. 7, 7pm

This astounding 60-voice ensemble is Harvard University’s premier male chorus and the oldest college chorus in the nation. Established in 1858, the Harvard Glee Club draws its repertoire from a myriad of different choral traditions that span centuries of Western and non-Western music – singing works of the medieval and Renaissance periods, the Romantic and modern eras, folk songs from around the world and contemporary pieces. Enjoy this evening of choral music at Arend Arts Center on the Bentonville High School campus.

Tickets as low as: $10

Madrid-based dance company Campañía Nacional de Danza II (CND 2) performs dances created by world famous choreographer Nacho Duato. Exhibiting passion, originality, fluidity and Mediterranean sensuality, CND 2 provides an exhilarating evening of dance you will remember for years to come.

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This year, more than

30,000 school children will visit Walton Arts Center.

Thousands more will experience the arts in their classrooms and school auditoriums.

Many of these children have never seen a live performance. Gifts from Friends of Walton Arts Center help provide these programs to schools at little or no cost, because our Friends believe that all children deserve the arts in their lives.

Please help us bring the arts to every child in Northwest Arkansas Become a Friend of Walton Arts Center today. Call 479.571.2759 or go online to www.waltonartscenter.org and click on “Support Walton Arts Center”.

This brochure has been printed on an environmentally responsible paper, boasting FSC Chain of Custody certifications with 10% Post Consumer Waste, and was printed using a Sustainable Green Printer.

We’re working hard to be more sustainable and work more efficiently. Here are some ways you can help: > Consider carpooling to Walton Arts Center events — it’ll make parking easier and who knows? There might even be a prize waiting for you. > Recycle your programs and concessions waste in the baskets and bins provided throughout Walton Arts Center. > Instead of having us mail your tickets, pick them up at Will Call.



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Night Out Series Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Friday, Nov. 19, 8pm Saturday, Nov. 20, 2pm & 8pm Tickets as low as: $59

THE SECOND COMING OF BROADWAY’S #1 MUSICAL COMEDY SMASH! The funniest show on earth is back to taunt Northwest Arkansas for a second time! Winner of the 2005 Tony® Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. But before they can find their grail, they’re taking a little side-trip to the fair city of Fayetteville.

Bill Bryson: Notes From All Over Monday, Nov. 15, 7pm Tickets as low as: $34 Show Sponsor: Popcorn Indiana

One of the world’s most beloved and prolific travel writers, best-selling author Bill Bryson regales audiences with his quirky observations, eyeopening tales and self-effacing humor. After reading and sharing stories, Bryson will hold a short Q&A session, followed by a book signing and meet and greet.

Series Sponsor:

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Content information: Our Night Out performances are generally intended for adult audiences and may contain content that is not appropriate for children. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Saturday, Dec. 11, 6pm & 9pm Tickets as low as: $23

Walton Arts Center welcomes back the hilarious Second City ensemble with their raucous blend of sketches, songs and improvisation with a healthy dose of seasonal satire. This fast-paced, interactive comedy revue is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday fare.

Nobodies of Comedy Friday, Jan. 7, 8pm Tickets as low as: $16

After a hilarious show in 2009, the Nobodies of Comedy are back! Don’t let the name fool you; Nobodies of Comedy is a touring talent showcase that features some of the nation’s fastest rising stand-up stars. Stay tuned – the comedy lineup will be announced Winter 2010.

The Pink Floyd Experience

The Pink Floyd Experience Friday, Mar. 18, 8pm Tickets as low as: $24

Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their record-breaking status is legendary.  Now, get ready for THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE!  Complete with a dazzling new light show, this amazing tribute experience features full quadraphonic sound and six brilliant musicians singing all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits including “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Another Brick in the Wall” and much more…live!

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jonathan Biss

The King’s Singers Joshua Bell

Masterworks Series Media Partner: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jonathan Biss, piano Friday, Oct. 29, 8pm

The King’s Singers – Joy to the World Friday, Dec. 10, 8pm Tickets as low as: $25

“Still unmatched for their musicality and sheer ability to entertain” (The London Times), 2009 Grammy® Award winners The King’s Singers have put forth the highest caliber of a cappella performance since the group’s inception at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1968.  With sold-out concerts worldwide, these six British vocalists bring joy to Northwest Arkansas in "Joy to the World," a beautiful concert featuring classical holiday readings and arrangements.

Tickets as low as: $39

Featuring an all-Mozart Program. The “exemplary” Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Washington Post) remains one of the world’s most in demand orchestras after 50 years and countless tours and recordings. The Academy, joined by solo pianist Jonathan Biss, will bring their virtuosic sound to an exquisite allMozart program. Biss will contribute his intriguing and concise talents to an evening of beautiful music. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience an extraordinary rendering of this classic repertoire.

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Joshua Bell Friday, Jan. 28, 8pm Tickets as low as: $48 Show Sponsor: Folgers

Recently named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Grammy® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell enchants audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of exceptional beauty, which has earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Don't miss this very special solo recital concert.

Content information: Though many of our Masterworks concerts can be enjoyed by the entire family, they are not designed for children. For more information about whether a specific performance is right for your family, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


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The Chieftains

Choose 4 or more shows – ANY 4 from the entire season lineup - and get free exchange privileges and discounts! Select your own seats online at waltonartscenter.org or call 479.443.5600.

Sunday, Feb. 27, 7pm Tickets as low as: $46

Serving as a benchmark for traditional Irish music for the past four decades, The Chieftains have garnered numerous accolades including an astounding six Grammy® Awards. In a return visit to Walton Arts Center, this Celtic ensemble shows why they’re considered Ireland’s musical ambassadors to the world.

Looking for more music? Check out the 10x10 Arts Series on pg. 8! The Peking Acrobats® pg. 19

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Sunday, Oct. 17, 2pm

Kids Series

Tickets as low as: $9

Award-winning Dallas Children’s Theater brings to life this funny and colorful musical based on the popular barnyard book series by Doreen Cronin. Teaching respect, compromise and the value of friendship, this production will thrill and enlighten audiences of all ages. Best for ages 4-10

Ferdinand The Bull Sunday, Jan. 30, 2pm Tickets as low as: $10

Series Sponsor:

From children’s theater group, Childsplay of Tempe, Arizona, comes a heartwarming musical adaption of Munro Leaf ’s beloved storybook, celebrating individuality and people’s differences. Ferdinand The Bull integrates flamenco dancing and original music to create a memorable theatrical experience perfect for young audiences and their families. Best for ages 6-11

Giggle, Giggle, Quack

Ferdinand The Bull

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Age guidelines: Our Kleenex® Kids Series is designed for children and their families to experience live performance together. We urge you to check the age guidelines to make sure these performances are appropriate for you and your family. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


Beakman on the Brain

Icelandic Sheep (Kindur) by TPO

Thursday, Feb. 24, 7pm

Friday, May 27, 7pm & Saturday, May 28, 2pm

Tickets as low as: $9

Tickets as low as: $6 Supported in part by National Dance Project of New England

From the Emmy -winning, widely renowned children’s science TV show, “Beakman’s World”, this zany scientist returns to Walton Arts Center in an all new show about the human brain. Beakman illustrates how the brain works in the wacky and wild Beakman on the Brain, using special effects, applied science, projected imagery and animations, demonstrations and audience participation. Best for ages 6-12 ®

Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch

Foundation for the Arts

TPO, Italy’s leading children’s theater company who brought you The Butterfly Garden, is back at Walton Arts Center with a contemporary saga of two adventurous Icelandic sheep. This ecological fairytale incorporates pioneering sensor and motion-capture technology that transports audience members inside rarified and refined scenery, where they interact with the magical sights and sounds of Iceland’s seasons. Best for ages 4 & up

Sunday, May 15, 2pm Tickets as low as: $8

Featuring an assortment of innovative puppets and imaginative lighting, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny) returns with an exquisitely crafted triple-bill puppet adaption of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s books, “Swimmy,” “Frederick” and “Inch by Inch.” Best for ages 3-8

Beakman on the Brain

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Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch

Icelandic Sheep (Kindur) by TPO

*All shows, dates, times, prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket facility fee.

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© Blue Man Group

Vienna Boys Choir

The Peking Acrobats®

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Age guidelines: Our Pepperidge Farm® Family Fun Series is designed for families to experience live performance together. We urge you to check the age guidelines to make sure these performances are appropriate for you and your family. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


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Best for ages 8 & up

Drumline LIVE Saturday, Jan. 29, 4pm & 8pm Tickets as low as: $20 Show Sponsor: General Mills

Series Sponsor:

Media Partner: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

Blue Man Group

Created by the music team behind the hit movie “Drumline” and featuring a 39-member cast of high-energy performers, this showstopping attraction returns to Walton Arts Center, bringing the funky dance rhythms, flamboyant style and showmanship of the American Marching Band to the theatrical stage. Best for ages 8 & up

Thursday, Sep. 2, 7pm

Thursday, Sep. 9, 7pm

Friday, Sep. 3, 8pm

Friday, Sep. 10, 8pm

The Peking Acrobats®

Sunday, Sep. 5, 2pm & 7pm

Saturday, Sep. 11, 2pm & 8pm

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7pm

Tickets as low as: $49

Tickets as low as: $18

Support provided by Terry and Cathy Suen

Show Sponsor: Procter & Gamble

Blue Man Group will thrill Northwest Arkansas with its high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group, it’s a must-see. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss it. Walton Arts Center is thrilled to host the very first stop on the new Blue Man Group tour! Best for ages 8 & up

This elite troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, gymnasts and traditional musicians perform a kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder against a backdrop of one of the most comprehensive lighting and special effects systems on the road today. The program will also feature live musical accompaniment by the Women's Peace Orchestra of China. Best for ages 4 & up

University Theatre presents

Vienna Boys Choir

A Christmas Carol

Friday, Dec. 3, 7pm & Saturday, Dec. 4, 2pm & 7pm

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 7pm Tickets as low as: $18

Tickets as low as: $15

Start the holiday season with a new University of Arkansas Drama Department production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Rediscover your Christmas spirit as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a classic journey of memory and redemption.

With a lineage dating back more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has long been recognized as the world’s finest collection of choristers between the ages of 10 and 14. This internationally acclaimed choir returns to Walton Arts Center for a second time with a repertoire that includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Best for ages 11 & up

*All shows, dates, times, prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket facility fee.

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Tierney Sutton Band

Susan Werner

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Starrlight Club Series Series Sponsor:

Love Jazz? See pg. 9 for Kenny Baron & pg. 10 for John Pizzarelli. Check out Arturo Sandoval on the next page!

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Susan Werner Thursday, Sep. 16, 7pm

Thursday, Sep. 16, 9pm

Tickets as low as: $20

Tickets as low as: $16

Show Sponsor: Popcorn Indiana

After blowing the audience away during her duet performance with Keb’ Mo’ at Walton Arts Center in February 2010, Susan Werner returns for an intimate solo performance in the Starrlight Club. Over the course of her colorful career, this singer-songwriter has composed skillful tunes that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm.

Tierney Sutton Band Friday, Oct. 8, 8pm

Friday, Oct. 8, 10pm

Tickets as low as: $20

Tickets as low as: $16

Comprised of vocalist Tierney Sutton and instrumental virtuosos Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt and Ray Brinker, this awardwinning jazz band has garnered critical praise throughout the world for their onstage rapport and musical acumen.

Content information: Our Tyson Foods Starrlight Club concerts are generally intended for adult audiences. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


Kurt Elling Quintet

Dala

Julian Lage Group

Kurt Elling Quintet

Julian Lage Group

Saturday, Feb. 5, 8pm

Saturday, Feb. 5, 10pm

Saturday, Mar. 26, 8pm

Saturday, Mar. 26, 10pm

Tickets as low as: $20

Tickets as low as: $16

Tickets as low as: $20

Tickets as low as: $16

Grammy® Award-winning male jazz vocalist Kurt Elling’s rich baritone voice spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free form improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.

Guitar prodigy Julian Lage melds blues, classical, folk and jazz influences to craft a remarkably striking and sophisticated sound. With unique style and expert musicianship, he is widely considered one of the most promising young instrumental artists in years.

Dala Saturday, Mar. 5, 8pm

Saturday, Mar. 5, 10pm

Tickets as low as: $20

Tickets as low as: $16

Called “the angels of folk music” by Exclaim! Magazine, Canadian singersongwriters Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have captivated festival-goers and music-lovers all over North America with their energetic stage presence and unique brand of acoustic pop.

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More Great Performances Spring Awakening Thursday, Nov. 11, 8pm Friday, Nov. 12, 8pm

Tango Inferno – The Fire Within Thursday, Mar. 3, 7pm Tickets start at: $24 Show Sponsor: ShurTech Brands, LLC

From the home of tango and following sell-out seasons in New York, London, Barcelona, Shanghai and Capetown, the world’s most acclaimed tango company, the Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires returns to North America with their brand new show Tango Inferno The Fire Within. A fiery and dazzling display of tango at its most seductive, Tango Inferno – The Fire Within will leave you breathless!

Tickets start at: $39

The winner of 8 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical – told by Duncan Sheik and Steve Sater through “The most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly) – SPRING AWAKENING explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. Contains strong adult content, language and situations. Parental guidance strongly suggested.

Arturo Sandoval Thursday, Mar. 10, 7pm Tickets start at: $12

Iconic jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages – he can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad – all with equal power and grace.

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Tango Inferno – The Fire Within

Arturo Sandoval

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Content information: These performances are generally intended for adult audiences and may contain content that is not appropriate for children. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 479.443.5600.


The Mikado Saturday, Mar. 12, 8pm Tickets start at: $28

Produced by the legendary New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, The Mikado is set in a fictitious Japanese town full of colorful characters and tells a whimsical tail about the foibles of human nature. A full orchestra brings to life Sullivan’s evocative orchestration and the outstanding performers bring lushness to the vocal lines through Gilbert’s memorable lyrics.

An Evening with David Sedaris Tuesday, Apr. 12, 7pm Tickets start at: $33

Sardonic wit and incisive social observations help define David Sedaris as one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Mr. Sedaris makes his way back to Walton Arts Center to deliver a 60-minute reading followed by a 20-minute Q&A and book signing. Contains strong language and adult content. For mature audiences.

Mark your calendars for Artosphere 2011!

April + May 2011

The Mikado The Mikado

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University of Arkansas Concert Calendar Tickets go on sale late Summer 2010. Visit waltonartscenter.org or call 479.443.5600. Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert / Monday, Oct. 4, 7:30pm University Symphony Orchestra Concert / Monday, Oct. 11, 7:30pm Schola Cantorum Concert Monday, Nov. 1, 7:30pm Inspirational Singers Concert Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm University of Arkansas Percussion Ensemble Concert / Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30pm Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert / Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30pm Winterfest Choral Concert Monday, Dec. 6, 7:30pm University Symphony Orchestra Concert / Tuesday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm University Symphony Orchestra Concert / Monday, Feb. 21, 7:30pm Concert Band and Campus Band Concert / Monday, March 7, 7:30pm Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert / Tuesday, March 8, 7:30pm University Symphony Orchestra and Schola Cantorum Concert featuring new works by composer Augusta Read Thomas Friday, Apr. 15, 7:30pm Concert Band and Campus Band Concert / Tuesday, Apr. 19, 7:30pm

TheatreSquared’s 2010-11 Season TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas's regional professional theatre, presenting sixty annual performances in the intimate Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios. Tickets start at $22 and are on sale now. Visit waltonartscenter.org or call 479.443.5600.

Alfred The 39 Steps ANY 4 Hitchcock’s fro adapted by Patrick Barlow September 3 – 19

This fast-paced comic thriller, a two-time Tony® Award winnner, combines hilarity and thrills with an on-stage plane crash, desperate romance, and a death-defying finale. For all ages.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez December 10 – 26

Tired of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved yuletide classic, three actors rebel and set out to perform every Christmas story ever told—from Frosty to the Grinch, Charlie Brown to George Bailey. For all ages.

Sundown Town by Kevin Cohea February 4 – 20

WORLD PREMIERE. Featuring more than a dozen bluegrass and gospel songs. When an African American drifter wanders into a rural North Arkansas town in the summer of 1918, a law prohibiting “strangers” after dark threatens to tear the tight-knit community apart. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil Labute April 15 – May 1

Nominated for the 2009 Tony® Award for Best New Play, Reasons to Be Pretty is "a real love story ... with the freshest, most illuminating dialogue anywhere" (The New York Times). Penned by acclaimed American playwright Neil Labute. Mature language and themes.

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Ticket & Facility Information Box Office Information

Ticket refunds and exchanges All tickets are non-refundable. Tickets for some performances may be exchanged up to 24 hours prior to an event, and an exchange fee may apply. Call 479.443.5600 to inquire about the exchange policy on specific events.

Hours:

>Monday~Friday / 9am~6pm >Saturday / noon~4pm >One hour prior to most performances Phone:

Inclement weather policy In most cases, performances will take place as scheduled if the artist can get to Walton Arts Center safely. If an event is cancelled, messages will be posted on our phones and at waltonartscenter.org if possible, and we will make every effort to contact patrons before the performance. We encourage all patrons to plan early and make their own decisions based on their individual needs and local weather conditions.

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Accessible seating for patrons in wheelchairs and with other needs is available for all performances. Interpretation service for deaf patrons is available upon request. Please contact the Box Office as early as possible to insure that we can meet your party’s seating or interpretation needs. Hearing enhancement devices, binoculars and booster seats are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at coat check.

Location & Parking Walton Arts Center is located at 495 West Dickson Street in downtown Fayetteville. For directions or advice on parking, please call 479-443-5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org. Parking is available in the following lots:

N Rollston Ave

W Watson St

N Campbell Ave

N Gregg Ave

W Lafayette St

W Dickson St

Underwood Plaza

W Spring St N Locust Ave

N West St

N School Ave

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