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Springfield Arts Council announces “Broadway and Beyond” Season

You can expect to see a blend of classic and contemporary musicals when the Springfield Arts Council’s presents its 37th Broadway and Beyond Season.

The 2014-15 line-up ranges from family holiday storytelling to nostalgic evenings with singing sensations from the past — Frank Sinatra and Buddy Holly. Audiences will also have the opportunity to visit “Memphis,” the 2010 Tony winner for Best Musical.

“Being able to present nationally touring Broadway, along with entertaining and unique concerts, continues to be one of the treasures in the Springfield community’s diverse cultural environment, ” says Springfield Arts Council’s managing artistic director Tim Rowe.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Steve Lippia’s Simply Sinatra, 8 p.m. , Saturday, Oct. 18

Singer Steve Lippia returns to Springfield with his brassy, big-band evening of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” hits including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mack The Knife,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “That’s Life” and “The Best Is Yet To Come.”

  • Well-Strung - The Singing String Quartet, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22

This singing string quartet has garnered attention for its unique mash-up of string quartet and boy band. The four classically trained musicians blend the melodies of classical giants like Mozart and Vivaldi with the tunes of pop superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more.

Featured performers are Edmund Bagnell (first violin,) Christopher Marchant (second violin,) Daniel Shevlin (cello,) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola.)

  • A Christmas Carol, 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” incorporates singing and dancing and traditional holiday carols, Broadway-style scenery, colorful costumes, and special effects.

  • Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20

In just three years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire, forever changing the face and sound of rock and roll. Now in its 25th amazing year, The Buddy Holly Story has been seen by more than 20 million people over 20,000 performances worldwide.

The show charts Holly’s meteoric climb, life adventures and tragic fall and features more than 20 hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Not Fade Away,” “Oh Boy,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and more.

  • Memphis - The Musical, 8 p.m. Friday, March 6

This Broadway musical won four 2010 Tony Awards including best musical. It takes place in the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis and was inspired by actual events.

The story revolves around a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break.

  • Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this classic romantic comedy introduces a cast of colorful characters who’ve become musical comedy legends.

Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” sets out to reform the evildoers of Times Square including Sky Masterson — the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love — Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub singer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years and Nathan Detroit — her devoted fiance, desperate to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

  • 4 Girls 4, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 2

Four famous females come together for this night of hit songs from the shows that made them famous. They include Andrea McArdle (Broadway’s original ‘Annie’), Maureen McGovern (Grammy winner for ‘The Morning After, Broadway’s Little Women’), Faith Prince (‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Bells are Ringing’) and Donna McKechnie (Tony-winner for ‘A Chorus Line’).

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