The first Mahoning Valley production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” will open

The first Mahoning Valley production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” will open Friday at the Youngstown Playhouse. The musical comedy that parodies the King Arthur legend was a hit when it opened on Broadway in 2005. Here are five facts about the original Broadway production:

v Roots: The musical adaptation is based on the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

v Awards: The original Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

v Nominations: It received 14 Tony Award nominations.

v Attendance: During its initial run of more than 1,500 performances it was seen by more than 2 million people.

v Revenue: Its initial run grossed more than $175 million.

“So You Think You Can Dance” (8 p.m., Fox): They strutted their stuff and busted some moves. Now, the remaining contestants on “So You Think You Can Dance” find out who’s the best of the best in the season finale.

“American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS): Shame on “American Masters” for taking this long to profile an athlete, but the subject is a great one: Tennis legend Billie Jean King.

“SONS OF ANARCHY” (10 p.m., FX): The edgy drama revs up for a new season that has Jax (Charlie Hunnam) finally ruling SAMCRO uncontested. But that doesn’t mean his worries have ceased. Both Clay (Ron Perlman) and Tara (Maggie Siff) are behind bars and being pressured to rat out the club. Meanwhile, new enemies emerge and a horrific event is about to be a major game-changer.

“King of Thrones” (10 p.m., Destination America): Those who accidentally tune in expecting to see the sexy and violent tale of the Starks and Lannisters are going to be sorely disappointed by this series on bathroom renovations.

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Trace Adkins coming to Covelli


Country singer Trace Adkins will come to Covelli Centre on Dec. 4 for a 7:30 p.m. Christmas concert.

Tickets are $52, $42 and $32 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, the Covelli Centre box office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

The concert will complement Adkins’ new release, “The King’s Gift,” a Celtic-flavored Christmas album, and will be a reverent performance of stories and carols geared toward families.

Throughout the show, Adkins will alternate between fireside storytelling and performances of classic carols like “We Three Kings” and “Little Drummer Boy” with a 12-piece ensemble, female vocalists and a range of traditional instruments.

Murder-mystery dinner at museum


The National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, will present a dinner-theater production of the interactive murder- mystery “Ask the Man Who Owns One ...About Murder!” on Sept. 28. The production is set in the 1920s, and attendees can dress in the clothes of the era. Tickets are $30. Call 330-394-1899. Proceeds benefit the museum.

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