Walton Arts Center kicks off Broadway series with ‘Pippin’ this week

Photo: Terry Shapira

After several months of construction, Walton Arts Center officials are taking a break from their $23 million renovation project this week to get back to what they do best; putting on live broadway, music, and theatrical productions.

The arts center, which has been closed for the summer, officially re-opened last week with the family-oriented show Me and My Shadow.

This week, they’ll kick off their 2015-16 Broadway season with the Tony Award-winning show, Pippin.

The show, which debuted 40 years ago on Broadway, plays at the WAC this week from Tuesday, Nov. 10 through Nov. 15.

Here’s how the Walton Arts Center describes it:

Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life or risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating production is directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and features sizzling choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider and the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces

It’s the winner of four Tony Awards, including “Best Revival Musical” and “Best Direction of a Musical,” and features memorable songs such as “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

Single tickets to individual shows are still on sale, and range from $36-78. To purchase, visit waltonartscenter.org, or call 479-443-5600.