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August Ferguson CityWalk 501 Concerts Liven Up the Plaza

   Two free concerts in the 2015 Ferguson CityWalk series are scheduled for the second and fourth Fridays of August from 7 to 9 p.m. Both will be held at Plaza 501, 501 South Florissant Road. The Kevin Blichik Band will perform August 14 and Nitro on August 28.

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Classic at Civic Center Opens July 31

Stars of Hawthorne's 70th anniversary show.

Stars of Hawthorne’s 70th anniversary show.

70th Anniversary of ‘Carousel’ Fitting for Hawthorne Players

(Special to The Independent News)

When the curtain opens for Hawthorne Players’ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre on July 31, it will mark the 70th anniversary of the show’s debut in 1945, as well as the founding of Hawthorne Players in December of that same year.

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‘Disney’s Beauty and The Beast’ Opens July 29 for 10 Performances

Returning to the Muny stage for 10 performances, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (July 29-Aug. 76) tells the magical story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his enchanted castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Beauty and The Beast features the music of the award-winning composing team of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

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This Week and Next Week at the Muny

Into the woods

Into the Woods  dance performance  from opening night

Into the Woods dance performance from opening night

Into the Woods continues through July 27

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods made its Muny premiere July 21 and continues through July 27 featuring an award winning cast of Broadway’s brightest stars.

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Minions: Musical Yellow Delights

minions pg 11by Sandra Olmsted

Directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin head up giving the yellow creatures from Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013) a movie of their own. The fast paced opening scene, narrated by Geoffrey Rush, reveals that the immortal, indestructible Minions have been around since the beginning of time and always in need of an evil villain to follow; unfortunately, having the Minions as minions isn’t exactly good luck for all those villains through the ages.

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Rockin’ Good time at the Muny though July 19

Buddy Holly on stage

Crickets Sound Resound in Forest Park with Buddy Holly

By Bob Lindsey

I’ve been waiting for the   Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’ musical to be play in St. Louis for a long time. When I read that the new musical was on the Muny schedule this summer I was thrilled and then curious to see how they will handle the famed Texas singer played by Andy Christopher, his outstanding rock-a-billy band and their evolving music. We weren’t disappointed.

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