Tony Award®-Winning Musical Revival, Once on This Island, Makes Arkansas Premiere at Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, January 29, 2020Walton Arts Center is hosting the Arkansas premiere of Once on This Island, for eight performances only Feb. 11-16.

Winner of the 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, Once on This Island is the sweeping tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

The one-act musical is based on the book My Love, My Love or The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. Both works are a tropical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid.

Cast members from the 2017 Broadway revival who are part of the first national tour include “American Idol” alum Tamyra Gray as Papa Ge, Cassondra James as Erzulie, Tony-nominee Phillip Boykin as Tonton Julian, Courtnee Carter as Ti Moune and Tyler Hardwick as Daniel Beauxhomme. Completing the gods of the island are Jahmaul Bakare as Agwe and Kyle Ramar Freeman as Asaka.

“This company of Once on This Island is truly an embarrassment of riches for me as a director. I cannot wait for audiences across the country to witness this group of incredible actors transport them to our island,” said Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden.

Inspired by the Broadway revival’s immersive staging, this tour features a unique set with a limited number of on-stage seats available for each show. The stage seats welcome audiences to be part of the storytelling and magic of the show. On-stage seating is $25 plus applicable fees, and some restrictions apply.

Theater seating for the show starts at $40 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600, by visiting or on the Walton Arts Center Ticket App. Patrons also can get reserved parking for $7 when they purchase their show tickets.

Show Times:  

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 and 7 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 and 8 pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm

In addition to immersive seating, the touring production incorporates sand, water and fire into the stage set design, all of which were key elements to the Broadway staging.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 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 enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit