Sunday, October 12, 2003

The arts


Waters shares backstage view of 'Hairspray

Jackie Demaline

Filmmaker John Waters (aka "The Baron of Bad Taste"), who brought the world Pink Flamingoes and, not coincidentally, Hairspray, will headline An Evening with John Waters, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman on Dec. 8.

That's during the run of their Broadway hit touring to the Aronoff as part of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati.

Shaiman and Wittman, Tony Award winners for Hairspray's music and lyrics, will join Waters for an evening of storytelling from behind-the-scenes of a smash hit.

All three men have lots of stories to tell:

Schlock auteur Waters' cinematic canon includes Mondo Trasho, Polyester, Serial Mom, Pecker and, most recently, Cecil B. Demented.

Shaiman, who began his career arranging for Bette Midler, is a pre-eminent composer/lyricist, arranger, musical director and musical producer. He's composed for films including The Addams Family, South Park and the upcoming Cat in the Hat.

Wittman's musicals include The G-String Murders and Trilogy of Terror.

Talk about guys you want to get to know better.

Evening plays at 8 p.m. in the Aronoff Center. Tickets $25-$40, are available to subscribers and go on sale to the public Nov. 5. For $100 your night will include a post-performance reception with the stars.

Subscribers can call Broadway in Cincinnati at (800) 294-1816. Tickets will be available to the public at the Broadway in Cincinnati ticket office in the Mercantile Center, the Aronoff Center ticket office or by Ticketmaster at 241-7469. Groups (of 10 or more) can call 369-4363.

E-mail jdemaline@enquirer.com




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