ESP’s ‘Pump Boys’ will celebrate 30 years

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l Tickets go on sale today for a 30th anniversary production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” by Easy Street Productions.

The musical is the most successful production in ESP’s history and arguably the most successful production in Mahoning Valley theater history, running for 200 performances at the Oakland Center for the Arts and the Youngstown’s Uptown Theater between 1989 and 1991, and it closed because ESP wanted to do something else, not because ticket sales had slowed.

Plans for the anniversary were jeopardized last fall following the unexpected death of Jeff Sanders, who was musical director for the show and played Eddie on stage. Original cast members Maureen Collins, Robyn McCamy Bass, Todd Hancock, Rick Blackson and Don Creque will be joined by Randy Bass, who is an accomplished Nashville musician in addition to being Robyn’s husband.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. May 11, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 and 2:30 p.m. May 13 at Ford Family Recital Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, online at and by calling 330-744-0264.

l Trumbull Art Gallery will accept entries for its Photo 2018 juried photography exhibition on Saturday.

The exhibition is open to all artists and all photographic mediums.

The entry fee is $15 for up to two works and $20 for three works (the fees for TAG members are $10 and $15). All entries must be framed or otherwise wired / ready for hanging or installation. Photographers can price their work for sale, but TAG will receive a 30 percent commission on any work that is sold.

Entries can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at TAG, 158 N. Park Ave., Warren.

The juror this year is Warren photographer Sarah Bokone, and monetary awards will be given to the juror’s selections.

Any works not selected by the juror can be displayed at the Nissen Gallery at Trumbull Memorial Hospital or picked up by the artist.

Photo 2018 will run from March 10 to April 28 with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. March 10 at the gallery. For more information, call 330-395-4876.

l Newton Falls native Jessica Lea Mayfield finally will make it to northeast Ohio in support of her latest album “Sorry Is Gone.”

Mayfield was supposed to play at Mahall’s in Lakewood last fall when ATO Records released the album, but she was injured in a car accident when her vehicle was struck from behind by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel.

The need for physical therapy forced her to scrap the October dates on her tour, but that show now will happen at 8 p.m. Friday. Mal Blum and Punch Drunk Tagalongs will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $15.

l Stan Lee and Jason Momoa have canceled, but Wizard World boasts a star-studded lineup when it returns to Cleveland this weekend.

Signing autographs, posing for photographs and / or participating in panel discussions include actors from “Doctor Who” (David Tennant, Billie Piper, John Barrowman and Naoko Mori), “Justice League” (Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher), “Gotham” (David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee), “Star Trek” (Nichelle Nichols), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer (James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter), “Charmed” (Holly Marie Combs) and “Napoleon Dynamite” (Jon Heder).

More than 150 exhibitors will be on site, and cosplay contests and workshops also are planned.

Wizard World Comic Con runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland. Admission is $39.95 on Friday, $49.95 Saturday, $44.95 Sunday or $79.95 for weekend pass with children ages 10 and younger admitted free. In most cases, autographs and photographs are extra.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at