Reviewed shows are initialed by theater critic Christopher Blank. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”: Musical tribute to the rock legend. At Playhouse on the Square, 51 S. Cooper, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 14. Adults $35; seniors, military and students $20; children $15. Call 726-4656. Online: playhouseonthesquare.org. The rock and roll is “real” in this bio-musical about the bespectacled rocker Buddy Holly. That is, actor Todd Meredith can play guitar and sing the part. But the story suffers from a slow place and scenes that seem borrowed from every other behind-the-music show. — C.B. Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour: Opening show 7 p.m. Thursday. Other shows 7 p.m. Sept. 5; 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 6-7. Tickets: $6-$55 plus service fee. FedExForum. Call 205-2640 or 525-1515. “Mahalia”: Musical about gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Hattiloo Theatre, 656 Marshall Ave. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 7. Call 502-3486. Online: hattilootheatre.org. Count yourself blessed to get a ticket to this excellent musical biography at the tiny Hattiloo Theatre. In the title role is Deborah Manning Thomas, a former Stax label employee and powerful alto who knows a thing or two about soulful singing. Directed by Ekundayo Bandele, the production looks and sounds like a winner. — C.B. “Oklahoma!”: Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Theatre Memphis (Lohrey Stage). 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 14. Adults $28; students $15; children under 12, $10. Call 682-8323. Christopher McCollum’s lovely set design has the space and lightness of a frontier dream. The characters are warm and genuine in this well-produced musical. — C.B. Sesame Street Live “When Elmo Grows Up”: Shows 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12, $15, $20. Gold Circle seats $34. DeSoto Civic Center, 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven. Call (662) 470-2131 or Ticketmaster locations. “Sister Myotis’ Church Retreat”: Steve Swift returns as the good Christian autocrat. At TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 7. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students. Call 726-0800. Funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny funny. — C.B.