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Entertainment briefs, March 14

Midtown Men to perform Saturday at The Ritz

The Midtown Men, stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys,” are to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Ritz Theatre, located at 30 S. Washington St.

Tickets are $35-$65 and can be purchased by contacting The Ritz box office at (419) 448-8544 or online at www.ritztheatre.org.

The smash hit was launched in 2010 and brings to life the sound story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Victorian tea for children at Hayes center Saturday

FREMONT — Children ages 5 and up are able to dress up and enjoy a Victorian tea from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and noon -1 p.m. Saturday during Kids Days @ Hayes.

The event will include tea, games and the opportunity to learn about tea time and etiquette during President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes’ era.

Cost is $5 per child who are HPLM members and $7 for non-members.

To RSVP, call Education Coordinator Joan Eardly at (419) 332-2081, ext. 246.

Fostoria Community Band to perform Spring Celebration

FOSTORIA — The Fostoria Community Band is to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 1200 Van Buren St.

Come and enjoy music for the spring season and St. Patrick’s Day.

The band is to perform Clare Grundman’s “Irish Rhapsody,” Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace,” Leroy Anderson’s “The Wearing of the Green,” Ron Nelson’s “Courtly Airs and Dances” and more.

A rundown from the Ritz

March is a busy month at The Ritz Theatre, with two shows, Red Green and Aaron Lewis (March 25 and 28) sold out. Tickets are available for other performances, and The Ritz Players have scheduled auditions for their spring show.

• The Ritz Players are to conduct open auditions for the musical “Next to Normal” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday in The National Theatre at The Ritz. Performances are set for May 10, 11, 18 and 19 in The National Theatre at The Ritz (enter using the Riverside Drive glass doors only).

There are roles for four men (ages late teens to 50s) and two women (ages late teens to 50s). Vocal auditions will be songs from the production only (no dancing required). The Tony Award-winning show concerns a family affected by a loved one’s manic depression.

For additional information contact the director Jim Cook at jncsnc@gmail.com or music director Lila Conley at conleylim@tiffin.edu.

• Friday Night Live is to return at 7:30 p.m. March 22 in The National Theatre at The Ritz. The groups slated for this live performance include PB and J, Raggedy Edge, and Tim Holt. All seats are $10.

• April 4, the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” is to take to The Ritz stage at 7:30 p.m. for a battle of the bands. Featuring the tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction, the production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments.

Also, the Perrysburg High School String Quartet is to join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion.

Appropriate for fans of all ages, the Tiffin show is part of a 125-city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia. Tickets are $30-$60.

For tickets and information about any of these performances, call (419)448-8544 or go online to www.ritztheatre.org. The Ritz Theatre is located at 30 S. Washington Street, Tiffin, OH 44883.

Harry Styles, Brian May to present at Rock Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Styles, Queen’s Brian May and Janelle Monae are among those presenting at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Stevie Nicks, who made it into the Rock Hall in 1998 with Fleetwood Mac, is to be inducted by Styles, while May is to induct Def Leppard and Monae is to induct Janet Jackson.

The event, to tape at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn March 29, also is to include Trent Reznor inducting The Cure; David Byrne inducting Radiohead; Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon inducting Roxy Music; and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles inducting The Zombies. The ceremony is to air April 27 on HBO.

AT&T hikes cost for DirecTV Now streaming service

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is raising prices for its DirecTV Now streaming TV service, while removing some networks from the cable-like television package.

The changes come just weeks after a U.S. appeals court upheld the company’s Time Warner takeover. The Justice Department fought it, arguing it would lead to higher prices.

DirecTV Now used to start at $40 a month. The cheapest for new customers now would be $50. Packages now would include the AT&T-owned HBO, but the service is dropping some popular lifestyle and entertainment networks not owned by AT&T, including HGTV, Discovery, Food Network and MTV.

DirecTV Now, along with similar services from Hulu, YouTube and others, let people stream regular cable channels over the internet for a monthly fee. Hulu’s Live TV service and Netflix have also raised prices recently.

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