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Playhouse adds ‘Mamma Mia!’ to 2018-19 season

Youngstown Playhouse will stage the local premiere of the popular musical “Mamma Mia!” The musical built around the music of ABBA will replace “9 to 5: The Musical” on the 2018-19 season and will open Nov. 30 for a two-weekend run. Operations Manager James McClellan said they had ...

Rust Belt stages drama

The Rust Belt Theater Company, which normally focuses on new and original works, will turn to a seldom-staged play by William Shakespeare for its next production opening Friday. “Titus Andronicus” follows the fictional story of a Roman general, Titus, who is caught in a cycle of ...

WaterFire Sharon celebrates heroes

“Everyday Heroes” is the theme of the second 2018 WaterFire Sharon free event, which runs from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sharon, Pa. More than 65 artisans and nonprofit organizations will cover the downtown streets from the intersection of East State and Dock streets through ...

Works sought for new exhibition

The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County seeks submissions for “Comedy and Art on Park.” The one-day exhibition will use art to explore the question of, “What is comedy and humor in this day and age of outrage?” Works in all mediums will be accepted, and each artist may submit up to ...

‘Foundations’ exhibit opens

“The Foundations Exhibition” opens Wednesday in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery at Youngstown State University. It features work selected from students who have taken foundation course work in the art department. It is a sampling of the strongest work developed during ...

Florida Georgia Line draws record crowd

YOUNGSTOWN — Florida Georgia line delivered a special message to the massive crowd packed into Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium Saturday night. Then they just delivered. “This is amazing,” Brian Kelley said from the giant stage, positioned on the football field against ...

Italian fest returning today to Warren’s downtown ‘piazza’

Some new attractions and the return of its finale will be part of the 34th Warren Italian-American Festival opening today. President Carol Ficeti said they’ve expanded offerings in the culture tent. A breadmaking demonstration is planned on Friday, a genealogy program is scheduled on ...

‘(In)Dependent’ brings inner demons to Youngstown

“(In)Dependent” has changed since it used Youngstown Playhouse as a rehearsal space last summer. The drama inspired by the heroin epidemic was written by Emelia Sherin of Howland and Zachary Manthey of Munroe Falls, both students at Kent State University, and debuted last August at ...

Hot rods, rockabilly return

Muscle cars, rockabilly music and a wall of death will fill the Trumbull County Fairgrounds this weekend for the third Rockabilly Ruckus. Nicolle Sanders said she and her husband, Ed, started the event after hosting a gathering with their friends that started to outgrow their property. ...

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Cortland hosts truck, Jeep show Cortland Veterans Memorial Truck and Jeep Show will be held Sunday on Main Street in downtown Cortland. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the show runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with awards, trophies and door prizes planned. Food concessions will be on site ...

Pabstolutely turns it up to 11

Pabstolutely embarks on it’s 11th year Saturday. That is 11 years of helping the community as an all-day festival celebrating local creativity while helping adults with disabilities. Proceeds from the event at Royal Oaks benefit Golden String Inc., a nonprofit organization that works ...

Byrne brings theatrical show to Cleveland

“Hamilton” had some competition Tuesday for the best theatrical experience in Cleveland. David Byrne brought his American Utopia tour to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica that night, and it was a show that makes me want to talk about it as a theater critic instead of a concertgoer. If it was ...

Bell brothers make a Kool return to area

The “Gang” returns to its old stomping grounds the weekend. Brothers Robert “Kool” and Ronald “Khalis” Bell lived in in New Jersey when Kool & the Gang formed more than 50 years ago, but the brothers were born in Youngstown and returned to the area regularly as children ...

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On sale this week • Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has been added to the lineup for Rocktopia, the classical-rock concert event co-created by Youngstown Symphony Orchestra conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, and the concerts will feature two movements not heard on Broadway. Snider joins ...

Bigger crowd coming for second Y-Live

For the second Y-Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium, more people will be going and they will have more places “to go” while they are there. Promoter Eric Ryan said this year’s show headlined by Florida Georgia Line already has sold 20 percent more tickets than the inaugural event with ...

Lot of ups, not many downs for Wallen

Careers in the music business tend to go up down, up down. For Morgan Wallen, it’s been mostly up. Wallen had a record deal and a publishing deal within six months of moving to Nashville in 2015. He topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart earlier this year with “Up Down,” ...

Fairview hosts 24 Hour Theatre

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l 24 Hour Theatre returns this weekend at the Fairview Arts and Outreach Center in Youngstown, home of Top Hat Productions. The event, which used to be staged at Trumbull New Theatre in Niles, gives performers a chance to create and stage ...

Italian Fest brings music, food downtown

YOUNGSTOWN — The 33rd Greater Youngstown Italian Fest returns to downtown Youngstown. The festival offers more than 40 food vendors selling Italian delicacies and fair food and more than two dozen retail craft vendors. New this year is a homemade wine contest. Entertainment is ...

Straw Hat stages ‘Forever Plaid’ for 3 weekends

The musical “Forever Plaid” will close the Straw Hat Theatre season on the grounds of the Ashtabula Arts Center. Written by Stuart Ross, “Forever Plaid” tells the story of a 1950s vocal group that dies on the way to its first real gig. Through a set of otherworldly circumstances, ...

Kids First stages ‘Shrek’

The Oakland Center for the Arts’ Kids First Theater Initiative will stage “Shrek the Musical” for a two-weekend run. Based on the popular animated film, the musical by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 441 ...