Mix of Music, Social Commentary Make Cabaret a Tantalizing, Can’t-Miss Show

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 18, 2017 – The Tony Award®-winning musical, Cabaret, will tantalize, challenge and entertain audiences January 19-21, 2018 at Walton Arts Center for a limited five-show run as part of the Procter & Gamble Broadway Series.

Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. 

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with 32-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. The cabaret club serves as an escape from the issues of the day for the show’s characters, but it is also a metaphor for the ominous political developments in the German state between 1919 and 1933.

A subplot involving the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor, illustrates the escalating tensions and tragedies of the time period.

Cabaret's original musical production opened on Broadway in November 1966. The first run of Cabaret transferred from New York to London's Imperial Theatre and then back to Broadway Theatre before closing in September 1969, after 1,165 performances and 21 previews. Cabaret was revived in 1987, 1998 and in 2013.

This production is based on the second Broadway revival of Cabaret by Roundabout Theatre Company which opened in 1998 and received the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival that same year. The show was directed by Sam Mendes (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Skyfall, American Beauty) and choreographed by Rob Marshall (Damn Yankees, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Victor/Victoria). Cabaret is making its debut at Walton Arts Center.

The musical is based on the book by Joe Masteroff and John Van Druten's 1951 play, I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.

Show Times:

  • Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 pm and 8 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

“Divinely, dangerously decadent.” –The New York Times

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.