Broadway Live: ‘The Sound of Music’
Singing nuns, adorable kids and memorable songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein have made this musical a favorite for fans of all ages. This weekend, a new national touring production comes to the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $150. 859-233-3535. Lexingtonoperahouse.com.
Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo
A pair of Walkers, Nicholasville’s Walker Montgomery and Alabama’s Walker Hayes, headline the inaugural event with riders from the International Pro Rodeo Association competing in events such as bareback bronc, steer wrestling, team roping and more in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, 4089 Ironworks Pike. Montgomery, son of John Michael and nephew of Eddie, performs Friday and Hayes performs Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo is at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $20 nightly, $30 for both nights at Kyhorsepark.com.
Kentucky Book Fair
More than 180 authors and editors will meet with fans and showcase their latest books 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Among the authors will be bell hooks, Wendell Berry, George Ella Lyon, and Guy Mendes. Writers will present in panels and discuss their work. Selections include children’s books, regional cookbooks, wartime histories, and poetry collections. Admission is free. Kyhumanities.org.
The lights are on at the Kentucky Horse Park with miles of illuminated holiday displays. Take a driving tour 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 31. Tickets are $15 per car of up to seven passengers Monday through Thursday, $25 per car Friday through Sunday. Use the campgrounds entrance at 3785 Campground Road. Kentuckyhorsepark.com.
‘Beauty and the Beast’
Tates Creek High School Drama presents the Disney classic in the Fuller Theatre at the school, 1111Centre Parkway, at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 to 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 student for the “tale as Old as time.”
‘Improbable Baubles: Under the Sea’
More than 1,500 students in 13 schools across Central Kentucky created pieces for the 10th anniversary of the show inspired by the decorative bibelots of George Headley. The exhibit opens with a free reception 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art, 4435 Old Frankfort Pike. Headley-whitney.org.
Reginald Smith Jr.
The UK graduate who won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2015 is back in Lexington to sing the title role in Felix Mendelssohn’s acclaimed oratorio “Elijah.” Joining him on stage will be the Lexington Singers, a full professional orchestra, and tenor Taylor Comstock, winner at the Kentucky District Met Auditions earlier this month. The performance is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25 to $30. 859-257-4929. Singletarycenter.com.
It’s opening weekend for Studio Players’ production of this holiday murder mystery. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 3 at the Carriage House Theatre, 154 West Bell Court. Tickets are $21, $11 for students. 859-257-4929. Studioplayers.org.