Erin Paxton, a rising senior at Severna Park High School, never attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks show. But for this year's edition, she was slated to be the center of attention to kick off the BSO's celebration of America's birthday.
Late last month, Tom Cruise heroically came to Sara Lindsey's rescue. More recently, Matt Damon offered the Howard County native a boatload of money to allow his corporation to lease her land. Granted, these events happen in the movies and not in real life, but it's all pretty exciting just the same.
John Travolta knew what he wanted to do with the role of Edna Turnblad, the zaftig housewife at the center of "Hairspray." The movie's producers, however, weren't so sure. Especially when he insisted on using a Bawlamer accent.
"Grease" runs weekends at the Chesapeake Theater at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, from Sept. 7-16. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10-$20 at 443-412-2211 or www.harford.edu/cultural.
A summer night at the theater seems like just the right occasion to hear the song "Summer Nights" in "Grease." It's the kind of show that can be enjoyed in any season, of course, but it's so light and silly that it's especially welcome at this time of year. Toby's Baltimore Dinner Theatre rises to that occasion with an energetic production
Another classic American film set in Baltimore will be turned into a Broadway musical. Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage. With music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, the new show is scheduled to open in New York next fall.