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Kent-Trumbull Theatre's summer stock production of 'Hairspray' opens Friday



Published: Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Kent-Trumbull Theatre’s summer stock production of “Hairspray” opens Friday and runs for nine performances over three consecutive weekends. Call 330-675-8887 for reservations (tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children). Here are a few facts about the musical:

v Origins: The musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film “Hairspray.”

v Setting: It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and teenager Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on the local “Corny Collins Show.”

v Message: When Tracy wins a chance to be on the show, she launches a campaign to integrate the show, giving “Hairspray” a narrative of social commentary about American society in the early 1960s.

v Broadway: The musical opened on Broadway on Aug. 15, 2002.

v Awards: “Hairspray” won eight Tony Awards out of 13 nominations. It ran for more than 2,500 performances and spawned several national tours, a West End production and a 2007 musical film adaptation.

“The Divide” (9 p.m., WE tv): In the new drama “The Divide,” a caseworker (Marin Ireland) tries to halt the execution of a man she believes was wrongly convicted of murdering a Philadelphia family. This ticks off the district attorney.

TV listings, B6

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Concert tickets for Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne’s fall tour will include an Oct. 12 date at Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, and an Oct. 15 date at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. Browne’s next album, “Standing In the Breach,” will be released Oct. 7.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at livenation.com for the Pittsburgh show, and at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com for the Akron show.

Rudy and the Pros in free concert

GIRARD

Rudy and the Professionals will perform in a free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Churchill Road. The event will include a raffle of baskets and gift certificates, with proceeds going toward the school supply giveaway in August. Bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the concert will be inside. For information, call 330-505-1192.

Scaife leaves art to 2 Pa. museums

PITTSBURGH

Billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife wrote in a column two weeks before his death that art was one of the greatest joys of his life and one of his family’s most worthwhile philanthropies.

In his will, he left his own extensive art collection to two museums in Pennsylvania — the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art outside Philadelphia and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art near Pittsburgh.

He also left Brandywine a conservancy built on the grounds of his childhood home in western Pennsylvania and $15 million for its management.

Scaife was an heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and owner of Trib Total Media, which includes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He died July 4 at age 82.

His paintings were largely by American artists. The total value is not known.


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