Smart Bets: Hairspray

Part pure camp, part political commentary, the musical Hairspray attacks segregation with a '60s-era rock 'n’ roll soundtrack and some unforgettable dance steps. It also features the drag role of Edna (Richard Blue plays her for Asheville Community Theatre) — the big-hearted, if behind-the-times, mother to plus-sized teen idol, Tracy. ACT launches the Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman-scored production, set in Chicago around the Corny Collins TV show. Performances run Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 14. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $22 and $25. http://www.ashevilletheatre.org.

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