During the curtain call, the cast of the musical stood onstage to offer a statement from a card with a Pride flag on it.
This is certainly one of the biggest shows to arrive in Fayetteville in recent memory. Perhaps only “Hamilton” landed in Northwest Arkansas amidst bigger buzz.
The show is a love letter to theater musicals, with several winking nods to the stresses and surprises of showbiz.
The 25th anniversary tour just arrived at the Walton Arts Center, where it runs through Sunday.
There’s a reason the format has always proved popular. And here in Fayetteville, it’s being performed by Broadway talent.
I would wager that if you loved the original 1956 Broadway show or the 1964 film that you will love this production.
Despite the multiple avenues where someone might have already interacted with the show, Hamilton’s arrival at the Walton Arts Center remains a big deal.
Despite its ‘Mean Girls’ reputation, it mostly falls on the sweet side of things.
Just like the beloved children’s novel that spawned two full-scale movie versions, the musical adaptation is dark, weird and wild with plenty of onstage magic, some strong acting and interesting visuals.
The show is fast paced, with many short scenes, and does a great job of talking about the micro-connections of our human experience.
TheatreSquared has brought in a powerhouse cast featuring Broadway and television veterans to fill the rolls.
Matilda wants us to believe that if we put our mind to something, and it’s for the right side of things, our strengths will help us prevail.
After the run in Fayetteville, the show will take the stage at the Lincoln Center in New York.
The show is available in Fayetteville from Feb. 26-28 and again from March 4-7. It’s meant to be watched synchronously at 8 p.m.
This production was purposefully staged, imbued with a talented cast and carefully filmed. We are privileged to have such an offering from our own region.