Here are a gaggle of summer events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area June 26-July 1 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
Cinderella Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts stages performances of the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical fairytale. For more information, call 704-846-8343 or visit www.matthewsplayhouse.com. June 26, 7:30 p.m.; June 27, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; June 28, 2 p.m. $15-$17. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews.
Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.) Featuring the work of emerging professional atist, Concrete Generation, The Stephen Gordon Quintet, God City Art Collective, Jhe Russell & Randolph Ward of NCDT, and Sultan Omar El-Amin. Soon to be an Off-Broadway and European production. Sat., June 27, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
Imperial Ballroom The premiere of the world's first ballroom dance book musical, inspired by the music and lyrics of Elvis Costello. Sat., June 27, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $30-$35. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
The Phantom of the Opera June 26, 8 p.m.; June 27, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 28, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 30, 7:30. Andrew Lloyd Webbers The Phantom of the Opera is directed by Harold Prince and follows the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young masked composer shamed by his physical appearance. Adapted from Gaston Lerouxs classic novel. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.
Evil Dead: The Musical June 26-27, 8 p.m.; June 28, 7:30 p.m. Sam Raimis Cult Classic 1980s films are to die for due to the ultimate combination of gore and humor. Bill Ensley directs this musical, which features lyrics by George Reinblatt and music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt. $15-$29. Actors Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
Metamorphoses June 26-27, 8 p.m.; June 28, 2:30 p.m.; July 3, 8 p.m.; July 4, 7 p.m.; July 5, 2:30 p.m.; July 10-11, 8 p.m.; July 12, 2:30 p.m. Take a dip in Carolina Actors Studio Theatres wet rendition of Mary Zimmerman's Blockbuster show about science and myth, as well as what we might know in the future. CAST renovated the theatre and a pool for the production. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.
Company June 26-27, 8 p.m. Company features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Sondheims best-known songs. Central Piedmont Community Colleges Halton Theater. 704-330-6534.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory July 1-3, 10 a.m.; July 6-8, 10 a.m.; July 9-11, 10 a.m. Based on the Gene Wilder film and Roald Dahl's book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory takes the whole family on an adventure to find the next owner of Willy Wonkas mysterious Chocolate Factory. Central Piedmont Community Colleges Halton Theater. 704-330-6534.
West Side Story Davidson Community Players presents performances of the Broadway musical West Side Story. For reservations, call 704-892-7918 or go to www.carolinatix.org. You may also visit, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. June 25-27, 8 p.m. $15-$22. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 207 Faculty Dr, Davidson. 704-894-2361.
Crossroads Charlotte: The Movie June 30: A viewing of Crossroads Charlotte: The Movie, followed by a discussion of how Charlotte may look in the year 2015. Free. 6:30 p.m. West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd. 704 416-7400. www.plcmc.lib.nc.us.
Movies in the Park at Kannapolis June 26: Madagascar II. Free. 8:45 p.m. Village Park, located along A and C Streets and North Loop Road in Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. www.cityofkannapolis.com.
The Master of Suspense: 7 Alfred Hitchcock Classics June 27: To Catch A Thief. Free. 2 p.m. ImaginOns Wachovia Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973- 2780. www.imaginon.org.
Neighborhood Theatre June 26: Chatham Country Line with Sweet By and By; June 27: Johnny Winter with Cyril Lance. 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Charlotte Chapter American Guild Of Organists Summer Recital Series June 28: Jim Glass at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St. www.charlotteago.org.
Charlotte Symphonys Summer Pops 2009 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall June 28: Thats Amore! Italian-themed music. 4400 Sharon Rd. www.charlottesymphony.org.
Double Door Inn June 26: Tinsley Ellis; June 27: Jamie McLean Band with Crowfield; June 29: Service Industry Night, featuring The Monday Night All-Stars; June 30: Ben Prestage. 218 East Independence Blvd. 704- 376-1446. www.doubledoorinn.com.
Snug Harbor June 26: The Belmont Playboys, Jimmy and the Teasers; June 27: Raised By Wolves, Latino Chrome; June 28: The Shelter Boys; June 28: Sundae at Snug Harbor with George Brazil. 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799. www.sungrock.com.
The Milestone June 26: Marah, Naked Gods; June 27: Dex Romweber Duo, 2013 Wolves, Trouble Walkers. 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. www.themilestoneclub.com.
Indoor Football June 27: Carolina Speed vs. Columbus Lions. $15. 7 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-786-0280. www.carolinaspeed.com.
Professional Stuntman Invitational June 27-28: Stunt show and car show featuring some of todays best Hollywood stuntmen, along with more than 20 different cars from TV and movies. For more information, visit www.professionalstuntmaninvitational.com. $15; Free for children 11 and under. 9 a.m. Concord Speedway, Hwy. 601, Midland.
Block Party Block party in Southend Villages. David Ross Salon will offer hair consultations and product giveaways, Eq3 will have a drawing for gift certificates, Eden Massage will have massage, Bead Me will have promotions and Three Little Birds, Bella Bridesmaid and Penguins will also have deals and giveaways. Sat., June 27, 5-9 p.m.
Live Music and Bratwursts Featuring live music by Hunter's Travesty and bratwursts. Fri., June 26, 4-9 p.m. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Dr.
Lowe's Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series The 16th annual Summer Shootout Series each Tuesday night includes Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Car racing as well as special attractions like school bus race nights and a huge Fireworks Extravaganza Night. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11. $7. Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Unforgettable: LGBTQ Prom 2009 Features guest entertainment and fashion show, free food, a cash bar, HIV testing. Dress to impress, as dress code is enforced. Sat., June 27, 6-10 p.m.