Redford, Newman and Ross light up CALS Ron Robinson Theater screen tonight with BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

As part of the CALS Ron Robinson Theater’s series of films that turn 50 in 2019, tonight (May 21) they are showing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Nominated for seven Oscars (and winner of four), this is the true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch – possibly the most likable outlaw in frontier history – and his closest associate, the fabled, ever-dangerous Sundance Kid.

Directed by George Roy Hill, it paired Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the title characters.  Katharine Ross also starred in a cast that included Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Cloris Leachman, George Furth, Jeff Corey, and Kenneth Mars.  The screenplay was written by William Goldman.

The four Academy Awards were for Goldman’s Screenplay, Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall, Musical Score by Burt Bacharach, and Best Song by Bacharach and Hal David. The song was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”

The movie starts tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater at 7pm.  Admission is $5.

(In 1969, the cost to see it was probably $1.50. With inflation, that would be close to $10 today. So a $5 movie ticket is like seeing it for half price in 1969.)

COMPANY comes in to the Weekend Theater

20130307-232808.jpgThose good and crazy people of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Company come to Little Rock at the Weekend Theatre during the month of March. The production opened last night and runs through Sunday, March 24.

Craig Wilson stars as the central character Bobby who is celebrating his 35th birthday. Bobby is surrounded by five married couples and three single women as he travels through time and space. Company is a musical journey into what makes a marriage but also modern living.

The production is directed by Andy Hall. Joining Wilson in the cast are Kathryn Pryor and Ralph Hyman, Alan Douglas and Patti Airoldi, Jeremiah James Herman and Kate East, Duane Jackson and Erin Martinez, and Gabriel Washam and Julie Atkins. The women in Bobby’s life are played by Hannah M. Sawyer, Moriah Patterson and Jessica L. Hendricks.

The Weekend Theater production of the musical opens Friday, March 8, at the performance space at Seventh and Chester streets in downtown Little Rock. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 24. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors age 65 and older and students.

To make pre-paid reservations, visit the theater’s Web site,; tickets can also be purchased at the door. (As seating is currently limited due to reconstruction at the building, advance purchase is encouraged.) For information only, call (501) 374-3761.