If you want to experience a plethora of emotions this weekend, then make sure you check out Island East-End Theatre’s premiere of “Next to Normal” at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning rock musical will feature music by Tom Kitt. The musical will be directed by Kim Mytelka, and will feature an incredible cast including Robin Cotton Cobb as “Diana,” Christopher L. Pool as “Dan,” Elizabeth Curtin as “Natalie,” Taelon Stonecipher as “Gabe,” Justin Gonzalez as “Henry,” and Brandon Del Castillo as “Dr. Madden.”

Performances can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 8. There also will be one 2:30 p.m. matinee performance March 26.

Admission is $30 for adults and $25 for students and seniors (due to subject matter and some language, not recommended for children).

To purchase tickets or for information, visit www.islandetc.org or call 409-762-3556.

Barbecue fundraiser set for today

The Luck of the Irish barbecue fundraiser will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Saengerfest Park, corner of 23rd and Strand streets, in Galveston.

The event, which will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, will feature live music, face painting, silent auction, and barbecue chicken and sausage plates.

Don’t forget to wear your green!

For information, call Ryan Conner, 409-795-8504.

Texas St. Paddy’s Day Beerfest

For those of you who love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, here’s the perfect event for you!

The Texas St. Paddy’s Day Beerfest will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today inside Mall of the Mainland’s former food court, which has been repurposed into Texas’ largest, air-conditioned Beer Garden and event center at 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.

Tickets are $25 per person at Stuttgarden Tavern (at the mall as well) or $30 at the door, and include a punch card for a sample from every brewery that will be in attendance.

For information, call Derek Groenewold, 713-894-8140, or John Mortensen, 321-578-2474.

Beatles tribute

“In My Life — A Musical Tribute to the Beatles,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St., in Houston.

The multi-media production is a musical retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein. It also will feature live music of renowned tribute band, Abbey Road.

Tickets range in price from $33 to $64 per person.

For tickets and information, visit www.thehobbycenter.org or call 713-315-2525.

Pull out those dancing shoes

Get ready to dance the day and evening away as The Grand 1894 Opera House presents the backstage musical comedy classic “42nd Street” at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston.

The Tony Award winning Broadway musical will feature songs such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” and of course “42nd Street.”

The show originally opened on Broadway in 1980 and played on Broadway for 3,486 performances. So, make sure you check it out this weekend as spring break winds down.

For tickets and information, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.

Follow the yellow brick road

Tickets are currently on sale for the Galveston Children’s Museum second annual Fairytale Ball, which is set for March 25 at Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, in Galveston.

“The Marvelous Land of Oz” is this year’s theme. So, pull out your best “Wizard of Oz” costumes and dress up as characters one might find in the beloved children’s book and film.

The family-friendly event will kick off with lawn games and family entertainment at 5 p.m., a trip to Munchkin Land, 6:15 p.m., and then the main event will begin at 8 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit www.galvestoncm.org.

Contact Community News Editor Angela Wilson, angela.wilson@galvnews.com or 409-683-5239.​

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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