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The Suburbanite
  • Dan Kane: Jackson's Ashley Spencer returning to Broadway

  • Jackson High School grad Ashley Spencer is about to hit Broadway again. She is playing a character called Diva in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” a stage musical playing a pre-Broadway run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. “Priscilla” is scheduled to open March 20 on Broadway.

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  • Jackson High School grad Ashley Spencer is about to hit Broadway again.
    She is playing a character called Diva in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” a stage musical playing a pre-Broadway run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. “Priscilla” is scheduled to open March 20 on Broadway.
    Based on the 1994 film about three drag queens crossing the Australia outback in a tour bus, “Priscilla” has a musical score consisting of familiar pop hits, among them “I Will Survive,” “I Love the Nightlife,” “Hot Stuff” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
    Spencer made her Broadway debut in “Hairspray” in July 2007, playing Amber Von Tussle. In 2008, she starred as Sandy in the Broadway revival of “Grease.” Earlier, Spencer had competed in an NBC-TV talent-search series, “Grease: You’re the One That I Want!” in which she placed second.
    THINK PINK! (FINALLY)
    The Think Pink! online art auction, introduced with a splashy cover spread in the Oct. 22 issue of Ticket, had to be postponed due to some unforeseen complications. But it is up and rolling and ready for your bids.
    Check out the website CantonRep.com/thinkpink to view and bid on 30 diverse artworks created by local artists for this fundraising project, which is presented by The Repository and The Independent. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign.
    There are oil and watercolor paintings, photographs, ceramic pieces, jewelry and even a carved wooden giraffe, in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. As part of the auction theme, the works contain at least a splash of the color pink. Bids start as low as $10. Instructions on bidding can be found on the website. Bids will be accepted online through Nov. 18 at midnight.
    Beginning Saturday, all of the auction artwork will be available for in-person viewing at Cyrus Custom Framing, at 2645 Cleveland Ave. NW in Canton. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
    PREPARE FOR BATTLE
    We’re gearing up for The Repository’s eighth annual Battle of the Bands, which will be March 5 at Canton’s Palace Theatre. It’s been exciting over the years to see a steady increase in the talent level of young, local bands.
    While full details about the battle, including the deadline for entries, won’t be announced until later, there is no time like today to start preparing. The quality of the entry CD is all-important in getting chosen. Many an aspiring band with solid instrumental chops hasn’t made the cut due to weak vocals. Just a tip.
    BRIEFLY NOTED
    “Les Misérables in Concert,” a gala performance with more than 500 vocalists and musicians, will be shown Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Tinseltown at The Strip in Jackson Township. Tickets are $15 at the theater ... Hoover High School graduate Daniel Hesidence has a solo exhibition of paintings, titled “Autumn Buffalo,” on view through Dec. 23 at the D’Amerio Terras gallery in New York City’s Chelsea district.