One of the most popular classic novels among female readers is "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.

The musical version of "Little Women" is coming to the Oxford Performing Arts Center (OPAC) this Thursday at 7 p.m.  Details and ticket purchase can be found here.

OPAC’s description of the performance is:

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic which inspired the 2020 Academy Award-winning, blockbuster film, ‘Little Women the Musical’ follows the adventures of the four March sisters – traditional Meg, wild Jo, timid Beth, and romantic Amy, and their beloved Marmee at home in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father is away serving in the Civil War.

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition to adapt such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache, and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Curtain up at 7.

OPAC is a repurposed, classic building that had been a city hall, fire station and city jail.  Millions later, it is now a 1,200-seat performing arts theater.  

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Oxford Performing Arts Center. Photo: OPAC

Upcoming productions at OPAC in February include:

February 8. “Little Women, the Musical.” 

February 10. “A Night in New Orleans.”  With the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.

February 13.  “A Classical Valentine” with Timothy Miller & Julio Barreto.

February 23. “The Cher Show.”  The Broadway musical on national tour.

February 27. “Come From Away.”  The Broadway national tour.

Details on OPAC events and tickets to all events can be found: here.

If interested in dining on your trip to Oxford for Little Women, an upscale restaurant is in another restored and historic building right next door to OPAC. Hubbard’s Off Main is operated by Oxford City Council Member Charlotte Hubbard. It is almost white glove service. Attire is mixed, mostly dressy casual. Reservations are always accepted and, on concert nights, reservations are needed.

The restaurant is described on its website: "[A]n intimate yet casual atmosphere with gracious hosts eager to make you feel right at home. Choose from a menu filled with classy Southern dishes and a few Oxford originals, too – we love representing our charming town. Try one of our award-winning steaks, or if you’re looking for a more casual night out, our selection of burgers is sure to hit the spot. The brick walls and the exposed wood beams gracing the ceiling create a quaint atmosphere nestled in a historic building, and our location right across from the Oxford Performing Arts Center makes us a perfect spot to dine for a night on the town."

­Hubbard’s Off Main occupies the classic building of the former Hubbard’s Piano Company. It has black and white photos of old Oxford and old Alabama decking the walls. It has a small stage and upright pianos. Dining at Hubbard’s is like dining inside a museum of Alabama of yesteryear.

“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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