BREAKING NEWS: The Wiz has been EXTENDED due to popular demand!
This is the first time in seven years The Rep has extended a show. Open seating is available now through April 8…hurry and grab those seats today before we sell out! Buy online here or call The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405.
Carla Stewart as “Dorothy” in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of The Wiz, extended through April 8. Photography by Cindy Momchilov.
In the musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic, this popular story is reimagined with beautiful melodies by Alan Menken and memorable lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, creators of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Seussical: The Musical.
Director Alan Souza
Several guest artists from past Rep productions will be teaming up to create the fast-paced musical version of A Christmas Carol on The Rep stage in December.
Director Alan Souza will be returning to The Rep, having previously directed The Rep’s popular Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Helen Gregory also returns as Musical Director for the production, and most recently worked at The Rep in Joseph and Evita. Audiences who remember the fabulous costumes of last season’s Hairspray will recognize the hands of Michael Bottari & Ronald Case, both returning as Costume & Mask Designers for the production.
And set design will be created by The Rep’s own Resident Set Designer Mike Nichols, who most recently designed the grand southern plantation house in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the multi-level setting of Hamlet and the London Palladium Theatre featured in The 39 Steps.
Don’t miss A Christmas Carol, The Musical this holiday, created for Rep audiences with the same skill, creativity and energetic spirit you remember from past holiday extravaganzas like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The King and I and Beauty and the Beast.
A Christmas Carol, The Musical opens December 2 and runs through December 25.
Remember when Tina Fey was on Saturday Night Live? That was awesome. And then remember when she got her own show? “30 Rock” was even more awesome, with extra helpings of the comedy genius of Alec Baldwin. And then she wrote her memoir Bossypants, which shot immediately to the top of just about every bestseller list?
I admit it’s possible that I like Tina Fey a lot (but totally not in a stalker type of way…stop looking at me like that), but it’s her humble beginnings as a touring cast member for The Second City and her scholarly take on the life skills of improv that made Bossypants such an enjoyable read and cemented my admiration of this unique brand of comedy.
I never missed The Second City when traveling to their home base of Chicago or when they toured in Little Rock, and I’m beyond excited The Rep is bringing back America’s famed comedy troupe in October with their “Laugh Out Loud Tour.”
The Second City launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray, just to name a few, and each season these tours introduce you to the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation.
I am convinced that I’m going to witness the birth of the next Steve Carell or Tina Fey, and I’ll get to say I saw them at The Rep!
The Rep is also bringing back the wildly popular event, BrewHaHa, on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Brews, pizza and lots of laughs with The Second City here at our newly renovated theatre at 601 Main Street and sponsored by the coolest kids on the downtown block, Sync Weekly. Tickets to BrewHaHa are $30 for all seats, but I hear you might win tickets if you watch Sync’s Facebook page.
The Second City will appear on The Rep’s stage Oct. 12 – Oct. 23 for twelve performances only, Wednesday – Sunday. Improv Little Rock will also crash the party as they join the cast of The Second City for a final improv act on Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets are available at tickets.therep.org and range from $25 – $35, with student tickets $15 with a valid student ID.
In fact, The Rep is bringing a comedy celebration of sorts north of the river to Argenta Community Theatre with a band that has appeared locally before in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and fans call “Tenacious D on white lightnin’ moonshine.”
10Horse Johnson is a country comedy band that debuted nationally on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show, sang ‘Lord Please Make My Daddy Burt Reynolds’ for the iconic superstar on an NBC sitcom and wrote and performed the Sirius XM Playboy Radio Night Calls theme, ‘Talk Purty to Me.’
10Horse serves up all-original, side-splitting satellite radio and cable TV-ready country. They’ve attracted such players to the group as Mark Hart (‘Crowded House,’ ‘Supertramp’) and the late Jerry Rightmer (‘Sanford-Townsend Band,’ ‘Seals & Croft’). You can read more about 10Horse on their Facebook page.
10Horse Johnson will appear at Argenta Community Theatre for four performances only Oct. 20 – Oct. 22. Tickets are $10 for the Wednesday preview and $20 for the rest of the performances and will be available at tickets.therep.org.
The Rep is bringing the funny in October, so come make laughs with us!