The To-Do List, 10/25-10/31 



7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$44.

Four years after his death, Johnny Cash remains as vibrant as ever. For his “Man in Black” persona, for his songs of sin and salvation, for his booming, inimitable baritone, Cash continues to be one of the most widely beloved entertainers of all time. The new Broadway musical “Ring of Fire” celebrates his legacy through song. Without overtly delving into Cash's life story, the musical follows three couples at different stages of life. Each, at some point, suggests a period in the lives of Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash — from flirting at the Grand Ole Opry to staring down death together. Nearly 40 songs will be featured over two acts, both old classics like “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Five Feet High and Rising” and “Jackson” and new standards such as “Hurt” and “The Man Comes Around.”


7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $10-$35.

Three classically trained female vocalists will cover a 400-year range of music stretching from Bach to Beyonce in “Three Mo' Divas,” the latest production from acclaimed Broadway writer/director Marlon J. Caffey. A spin-off of the popular “Three Mo' Tenors” production, itself a take on “The Three Tenors,” “Divas” features Broadway veterans Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Laurice Lanier and Jamet Pittman working their way through eight different musical styles, including opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, spirituals and gospel.

FRIDAY 10/26


8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theater, $20-$35.

One of Neil Simon's most indelible plays, “Barefoot in the Park” tracks the lives of two newlyweds — Corie, a free spirit, and Paul, a strait-laced lawyer — who are trying to adjust to marriage in a tiny fifth-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Adding to the craziness, the couple must contend with a skylight that leaks snow, a lack of heat, oddball neighbor Victor Celasco and Corie's well-meaning but overbearing mother. Inspired by the early days of one of Simon's marriages, the Tony Award-winner was the playwright's third play and first major hit. Whitney Kirk, a former Miss Arkansas, stars as Corie, while stage and soap veteran Christian Pedersen plays Paul. The stage comedy runs through Nov. 11.


7:30 p.m., City Auditorium, Eureka Springs. $116.50.

Willie Nelson is 74. When he was here several years back for a concert at Ray Winder Field, he still looked pretty spry in tight jeans and a sleeveless shirt (no old-man sagging arms for Willie). In interviews, he talks about jogging daily and regularly playing 54 holes of golf. But unless he's found the fountain of youth in high-grade marijuana, there's no way he can keep up this pace for too many more years. So, yeah, $116.50 is pretty high for a ticket price, but the odds are against too many more opportunities to see Willie, pig-tailed and bandanaed, doing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “Always on My Mind.”


3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $15.75-$42.75.

The Doodlebops look like evolved Muppets. On psychotropic drugs. But the kids can't get enough. The Canadian pre-school-focused “rock” band has a TV show on the juggernaut Playhouse Disney morning schedule, where they sing, dance, act silly and teach basic social lessons. Deedee Doodle, with a boufed-up, pink '50s flip hairdo, plays the keytar and usually sings lead. Drummer Moe Doodle, the mischievous one, is yellow and orange with a Bon-Jovi-in-the-'80s 'do. Rooney Doodle, the eldest Doodle sibling, invents things when he's not playing guitar. He's got a flattened blue afro. Their songs — tracks like “Let's Get Loud” and “Doodlebop Hop” — encourage lots of little kid jumping around and hollering. Expect a relentlessly upbeat set.




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