Jump back into time during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. That’s the time frame of the eight time Tony Award winning musical comedy Hairspray. The play opens Friday at the Gainesville Community Playhouse at the Vam York Theater. Florida’s 89.1. WUFT-FM’s Alexandra Morales reports on this popular musical.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MEandFPHairsprayFinal.mp3]
From Ray Charles' early years in Florida to homegrown stars like Linda Lyndell and Little Jake Mitchell, John Capouya shines a spotlight on the underappreciated contribution Florida has made to the history of soul music in America. "Race is really the context for almost all of the stories I tell." "When white kids started listening to soul music, it really helped the whole movement toward integration of this country that when that music was accepted by a generation, it’s something you can’t quantify, but I think it made a difference."