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All-City Musical gathers top Akron youth talent to serenade audiences with Tony Award–winning Hairspray's rousing score & comedic script

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Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see Hairspray at the Akron Civic Theatre. Choose between the following seating options:

  • For $10, you get two rear-orchestra tickets (a $20 value).
  • For $20, you get two front-orchestra tickets (a $40 value).<p>

For either option, choose from the following performances: * Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. * Saturday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m. * Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.<p>

The bubbly Technicolor musical Hairspray, which won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, transforms the theater into swinging 1960s Baltimore. The musical adaptation of John Waters’s seminal cinematic bonbon, Hairspray tickles cowlicks and bowls over bouffants with its winsome tale of dancing queens, underdogs, and impenetrable ozone layers. Audiences will do the mashed potato in their seats as husky heroine Tracy Turnblad usurps snobbish beauty queens and battles segregation to become an unlikely teen sensation. With its entertaining buffet of romance, eye-popping sets, and irascible Marc Shaiman ditties, Hairspray fills the plates of theater fans with more nourishing laughs and caloric nostalgia than an evening of sharing french toast with Jerry Lewis.

A cast of talented Akron high-school students from around the area imbues the show with all the effervescence of authentic youth in this All-City Musical production. Though most of the performers are just embarking on their theatrical careers, Jon Bozeka has a head start: the Firestone High School student will be reprising the role of mega-matriarch Edna Turnblad from his school’s production last year.

The medieval carvings, European antiques, and Italian alabaster sculptures of the Akron Civic Theatre transport audiences to exotic lands. Built in 1929 to resemble a Moorish castle, the venue has maintained much of its historic charm, including the exceedingly rare atmospheric ceiling, in which stars twinkle and clouds float by as mesmerizingly as the last few corn flakes atop a bowl of milk.

E.J. Thomas Hall

Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.

Customer Reviews

Fabulous show. Full of energy. A trip down memory lane
Joan M. · May 28, 2017
AMAZING! Sarah Chang was extremely impressive. I've never seen someone memorize a piece of music that long. I know she played for at least 30 minutes straight without looking at a sheet of music. Absolutely fantastic! Would definitely go again. The rest of the orchestra was wonderful as well. Highly trained musicians, wide range of pieces.
Christie P. · May 27, 2017
Excellent seating, concert wonderful.
Stephen M. · April 8, 2017

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