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Broadway in the Park features ‘Hairspray’

POSTED: July 28, 2011 12:30 a.m.

A couple of unique performances highlight this year's Broadway in the Park musical by the Suwanee Performing Arts.

The popular stage musical "Hairspray" is scheduled for July 29-30 at the Suwanee Town Center Park.

The feature performance will be preceded by an original mini-musical "Rapunzel's Twist," a 1960s retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Both are free to the public. Performances begin at 7 p.m. nightly.

"Hairspray" takes audiences back to turbulent times in 1960s Baltimore. It centers on teen Tracy Turnbald as she manages to vanquish a reigning princess, integrate a television show and find true love, singing and dancing all the while.

"The message is phenomenal," said Suwanee Performing Arts Executive Director Patti Etherton. "The story of love and acceptance and even taking those that don't fit the cultural norm and bringing out the best in everybody - it's a great message, a great story that we all need to hear and be reminded of. It's a classic."

Broadway in the Park will continue to serve as a Suwanee Performing Arts fundraiser in that donations will be requested at each performance and a drawing will be held. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Visitors are invited to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to the show; alcohol is not allowed, however.


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