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Quest For The Crown

ACO musical has great pedigree, bouncy score

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When the Arts Center of the Ozarks opens its summer musical, "Smile," on June 15, it will come with a royal pedigree: The show features music by "A Chorus Line" composer Marvin Hamlisch and book by "Little Shop of Horrors" playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman. Though it garnered several Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, the show closed a mere 48 performances after it opened on Broadway in November 1986 and is rarely revived, despite a bright, bouncy score that the New York Times said betrayed Hamlisch and Ashman's "deep affection [for] the lighthearted musical comedies of their youth."

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‘Smile’

WHEN — 7:30 p.m. June 15-16; 3 p.m. June 17; again June 22-24

WHERE — Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main St. in Springdale

COST — $15-$25

INFO — 751-5441

BONUS — An Opening Night Celebration is set for 6 p.m. June 15 with champagne and desserts during intermission. Tickets are $35.

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