It’s the inside that matters. That’s what the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” has taught many generations, since way before its Disney debut in 1991. Disney’s take on the tale captured the hearts of many and eventually made its way to Broadway as a theater production. The musical is returning to Austin as part of the Broadway Across American series, with performances Oct. 7-12 at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Before the good-hearted beast arrives, British sounds will invade our town. All ATX will present British Invasion! A Concert of Austin’s Best Musicians on Sept. 22 at ACL Live. Several Austin musicians, including Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Shinyribs, Christopher Cross and Dana Falconberry, will share the stage with the Zombies, and Eric Burdon and the Animals. Proceeds from the event, which also will be recorded by KLRU for national distribution later this fall, will go to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Also on sale Friday:
• New Found Glory at Emo’s (Oct. 7)
• The Protomen at Holy Mountain (Oct. 21)
• New Politics at Mohawk (Oct. 26)
• John Butler Trio at Stubb’s (Oct. 31)
• K. Flay at Mohawk (Nov. 1)
• STS9 at Austin Music Hall (Nov. 8)
• The Fresh Beat Band at ACL Live (Nov. 26)
• The Brian Setzer Orchestra at ACL Live (Dec. 12)
Coming up: Ringo Starr’s Oct. 8 show at ACL Live sold out quickly, and a second show, on Oct. 15, has been added. Tickets will go on sale next Friday, Aug. 15.
In anticipation of the upcoming arts season, the Long Center for the Performing Arts is having a free open house from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 31.
Long Center officials promise that they will open up all areas of the two-venue facility and offer tours of backstage areas, star dressing rooms, green rooms and other niches the public usually doesn’t get to see.
Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Long Center Founding Resident Companies — Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin — as well as the center’s resident companies: Austin Shakespeare, Conspirare, Pollyanna Theatre Company and Tapestry Dance Company. And there will be a Kid’s Zone with special activities for the little ones.
Admission is free. Food and beverages will be for sale. The Long Center is at 701 W. Riverside Drive. Information: www.thelongcenter.org.
— Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
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