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Playbill: Three Front Range Shows for January 15-18

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You can't say the local theater scene isn't diverse: This week's premieres include one of the world's happiest musicals, the adventures of a toxic family reunion and a historical drama with a Colorado theme. Keep reading for details.

See also: Edge Theater, The Motherfucker with the Hat

Hairspray -- the Musical Candlelight Dinner Playhouse January 15 through March 8 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show on Saturdays and Sundays Admission: $23.50 to $59.50 with meal, $29.50 adult/show only 970-744‐3747

Candlelight will serve up a couple of hours of pure delight -- and a meal -- this winter, with Hairspray, the spunky, Tony Award-winning musical based on a story that could only come from the mind of John Waters. Go back to the '60s with Tracy Turnblad, the extra-large teen queen with a heart of gold, as she shakes up Baltimore with a song, a dance and a message.

Continue reading for more Playbill picks. Other Desert Cities Vintage Theatre January 16 through March 1 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2:30 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, February 28 Tickets: $24 to $28 303-856-7830

Next up at Vintage is Jon Robin Baitz's Pulitzer-nominated family drama about a holiday reunion beset by skeletons in the closet. When the Wyeths gather for Christmas in Southern California, one daughter announces that she's written a memoir about the long-past suicide of her brother -- a member of the radical underground -- and family fireworks ensue.

Beets The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre January 16 through February 8 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Sundays, January 25 through February 8 Tickets: $20 303-739-1970

Playwright Rick Padden turns to the sugar beet fields of Berthoud, Colorado in a slice of WWII-era life on the plains that's based on actual events. When sugar beet farmers with a bumper crop need manpower, and the region's young men are off at war, German POWs are brought in from a camp in Greeley to work the fields. The result is real human drama.

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