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Today’s entertainment picks:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Frankie Valli, 7:30 p.m.: The pop music legend will sing all of the great Four Seasons hits in this concert at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren;

v “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” 7:30 p.m.: The time-tested musical comedy set in ancient Rome opens at Youngstown State University Theater’s Ford Theater, inside Bliss Hall; 330-941-3105.

v Sebastian Bach, 8 p.m.: The voice of rock band Skid Row in an intimate concert at Harley-Davidson Biketown, Interstate Boulevard, Austintown; 330-505-2000.

v “Mom’s Gift,” 8 p.m.: Comedy continues at Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-1103.

v Opera scenes, 7:30 p.m.: The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University will sing scenes from select operas in Bliss Recital Hall, first floor of Bliss Hall; 330-941-3105.

“Hawaii Five-O” (9 p.m., CBS): In an offbeat episode of “Hawaii Five-0,” McGarrett and the gang find themselves recalling one of history’s most puzzling cases when a conspiracy theorist with evidence that JFK’s cabinet ordered his assassination is murdered.

TV listings, C3


‘ONCE’ is coming to E.J. Thomas Hall


“ONCE,” winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play E.J. Thomas Hall Dec. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Tickets are available at by calling 330-253-2488 and in person at the E.J. Thomas Hall box office. Groups of 10 or more can call 800-888-9941.

“ONCE” tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the emotion of the songs they create together.

Stage Door raises funds for stage


More than 150 people attended a Nov. 11 fundraiser for The Stage Door Academy of the Arts that raised $6,750 toward the $20,000 goal to complete construction of its stage and theater.

The event took place in the space where the theater will be once it is finished in the 721 Building.

The Stage Door opened five years ago by owner Teri Nobbs in a small studio in Poland with 20 students.

It expanded its studio twice in Poland before moving to its current location at 721 Boardman Canfield Road, where Nobbs and her faculty teach some 300 students weekly.

The new stage and theater will feature a 20-foot-by-40-foot stage, backstage area, theater lighting, surround-sound system and seating for up to 170 people.

Two current students at The Stage Door are represented by professional agencies – Bella Palo (Palowitz) in Chicago, and Sarah Themar in New York City.