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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.

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