You can’t help but feel the heat of summertime Memphis in 1958 as the forbidden love story of white radio DJ Huey Calhoun (Brent DiRoma) and black club singer Felicia Farrell (Jasmin Richardson) unfolds before you on the stage of the Arkansas Repertory Theater. It’s one of the hottest, loudest musicals I’ve ever seen at The Rep, and perhaps the most uplifting since “Les Mis” came to Main Street in 2008.
In a press release sent out this morning, Children's Theatre artistic director Bradley Anderson said, "Our 2014-15 season has a diverse and innovative line-up of talented actors and compelling stories that reflect our continued tradition of bringing joy and laughter into the hearts of our audience." The season will kick off on September 17, with a production of "Go, Dog. Go!" that will run through October 5.
As of just a few days ago, Jonesboro, Arkansas native Kyle Dean Massey has taken over the lead role of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of "Pippin." Massey is also known for high-profile roles in musicals like "Wicked" and "Next to Normal." He was interviewed in the Arkansas Times back in 2005, when he was in a touring company appearing at the Robinson Center Music Hall, and at the time remembered, "Growing up in Arkansas and Jonesboro, I’m not sure I knew what real musical theater was, per se."
On Monday night, the Weekend Theater will present a one-night-only production of "Go, Granny D!" a new play about the activist Doris Haddock, who famously walked 3,200 miles across the country back in 2000 to advocate for campaign finance reform. The play is a collaboration between the longtime Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and the musician and manager Jeff Sebens. I spoke to Smith over the phone recently about Haddock's life and legacy, and about the importance of Little Rock to the play.
Fayetteville’s TheatreSquared last week announced the lineup for its eighth season. The five-play season will feature the world premiere of “The Spiritualist” by Robert Ford; “4,000 Miles” by Amy Herzog, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Charles Dickens’s holiday classic “A Christmas Carol”; “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire; and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Five-play packages start at $105.
The Baxter Bulletin reported today on a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Baxter County resident over the Nativity scene that has been erected on the Baxter County Courthouse lawn for decades by local lawyer Rick Spencer.
The New York Times reports that some Republicans are trending away from the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach to criminal justice embraced by the party's old guard, in part out of a recognition that minority votes matter now more than ever. Asa Hutchinson wants to reach out to black voters — what better place to start?
National GDP grew by 5 percent in the third quarter, according to a revised figure by the U.S. Commerce Department. Arkansas Business reported yesterday that forecasters also predict a strong year of growth ahead for Arkansas. We're still waiting for Obamacare to deliver its promised economic implosion.
On Nov. 16, 1776, Gen. George Washington stood on the Jersey Palisades and peered across the Hudson River through his telescope as the British tortured American militiamen who had surrendered and then put them to the sword. Hearing the screams of his men, according to an aide, Washington turned and sobbed "with the tenderness of a child."
An independent commission appointed by the governor, legislative leaders and the chief justice began work last week to fulfill part of Issue 3, the constitutional amendment that eased term limits, banned lobbyist gifts to legislators (sort of) and provided a mechanism for pay raises.