"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
By Lindsey Millar,
Paul Peterson and
Jennifer Barnett Reed
‘SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE'
8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
The Rep's latest production has it all: A famous detective, his famous nemesis, a beautiful and mysterious damsel in distress, and the foggy, seamy streets of London. “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” follows Holmes as his pursuit of small-time crooks leads to a larger, more dangerous network of criminals. Playwright Steven Dietz adapted the original 1899 “Sherlock Holmes” stage play, and it won the 2007 Edgar Award for best mystery play.
Joseph Graves stars as Holmes. It's his 10th production with the Rep; he also played Lennie in “Of Mice and Men,” Iago in “Othello,” Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” and other major leading roles. Northwest Arkansas native Heidi-Marie Ferren, now of New York, plays Holmes' lady-love, Irene. Trusty sidekick Dr. Watson is played by Colin McPhillamy, who has worked extensively in Britain and the United States and is making his Arkansas debut. The show runs through April 27. JBR.
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.
This three-hankie Puccini opera comes to Little Rock for a concert performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
“Madame Butterfly” — the most-performed opera in the United States, according to Opera America — tells the story of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer, Lt. Pinkerton. They marry, she bears his child, then he deserts her; she chooses to die rather than suffer the resulting dishonor. It's supposedly based on real events that happened there in the 1890s. These performances will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Featured singers are soprano Marie Plette, tenor Mark Brown, mezzo-soprano Eugenie Grunewald and baritone Phillip Kraus. JBR.
10 p.m., Revolution. $8.
If you're feeling aimless on Saturday or have a broad but ill-defined interest in local music, or, certainly, if your opinion of the American Princes falls anywhere between love and mild curiosity, you should go step out to help the Princes celebrate the release of their latest and greatest album, “Other People.” Because, possibly, one of two things will follow the release. Either (fingers crossed), the band will, deservedly, blow up, or this'll be its swan song. I'm only speculating on the latter, but if “Other People” falls on deaf ears nationally, sustaining a band with a key member in New York and the rest of the band in Little Rock might grow difficult. In support of the former, the album takes the band's trademark ability to write whip-smart lyrics and searing, chant-along hooks and applies it to a survey of rock 'n' roll traditions from the last 20 years. It's as catchy as it is varied. It's easy to imagine it finding a broad audience, but in today's increasingly fractured music biz and blog-dominated hype machine, who can tell? As they gear up for a national tour, give the Princes a push, Little Rock. Local folk group Silverton opens. LM.
BLUE MAN GROUP
8 p.m., Alltel Arena. $45-$75.
In 1988, three catering employees appeared on the streets of New York City in identical regalia performing for passersby and staging unusual experimental theater and underground cabarets. Fast-forward 20 years and you have the international phenomenon known as Blue Man Group, a multimedia rock 'n' roll experience centered around three homologues, creatures approximating real male humans, static in appearance, earless, with bright blue heads and nondescript utilitarian clothing, who command and instruct thousands of people in the tried-and-true art of achieving megastardom. This is accomplished primarily by demonstrating moves and antics prescribed in its Rock Concert Instruction manual. Rooted in tribal percussion, BMG is backed by a bulletproof band performing mind-bending arrangements against a psychedelic neon backdrop of colors and self-invented instruments. Expect plenty of audience participation, odd props, sophisticated lighting and a humorous, energetic and thought-provoking satire on modernity when the BMG returns to Alltel Arena. PP. Check the Times' Rock Candy Blog for an interview with one of the Blue Men.
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!