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THEATER | Hairspray


As a part of its SummerStage program, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester will present Tony Award winning musical "Hairspray." The show, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, follows Tracy Turnblad, a plus-sized dancer who works to end race segregation on television in 1960's Baltimore. The JCC's run of performances coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Rochester's 1964 race riot. The show will thus be especially relevant, as 26 young people hilariously depict the ridiculous nature of segregation and racism.

"Hairspray" will run at the JCC's Hart Theatre (1200 Edgewood Avenue) Saturday, July 19, through Sunday, July 27. Saturday performances (July 19 and 26) will begin at 8 p.m. Matinee performances on Sundays (July 20 and 27) at 2 p.m. And performances are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (July 23) and Thursday (July 24). Tickets cost $26 ($18 for students) with a $2 discount available for JCC members. For more information visit