The 2015-2016 season is the 40th one for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The audience gets the gifts.
The season kicks off with William Shakespeare’s Scottish play about the Thane of Cawdor and his wife Lady M. It will run September 11-27.
Next up is the Tony winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This tuneful, witty musical with book by Rachek Sheinkin and songs by William Finn, will play from October 16 to November 8.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be the holiday show running from December 4 to January 3. It will be a regional premiere of this musical featuring a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright and a score by the Oscar winning team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater.
2016 will start off with another regional premiere–Peter and the Starcatcher. This prequel to the Peter Pan stories is by Rick Elice. Though a play, it does have some songs by Wayne Barker and Elice. This winner of five Tony Awards will be on stage from January 15 to February 7.
The regional theatre premiere of The Bridges of Madison County will take place on the Arkansas Rep stage from April 8 to May 1. This musical has a Tony winning score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Marsha Norman.
The main stage season will conclude with a world premiere play Windfall. Directed by Tony winner Jason Alexander, this comedy by Scooter Pietsch looks at greed among a group of office workers. It will run from June 10 to 26.
The Rep also has three special offerings during the 2015-2016 year.
From February 11-14, Rebecca Wells, author of the “Ya-Ya Sisterhood” novels will present a one-woman show about the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive production will be called Broken Wings and will play from March 1-12 of 2016.
From May 3-15 the Second City will return to Little Rock for Second City: Hooking Up.
The Rep’s 40th season features comedy, tragedy and musicals spanning from Elizabethan times to world premieres. It truly is a showcase of the Rep’s mission and the breadth and depth of the Rep’s commitment to bringing great stories to life for Little Rock audiences.