Stage 

Opening

Empire Theatre Living Word Stage Company presents James Weldon Johnson's musical drama "God's Trombones," Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Through Feb. 14. Tickets are $18-$25. 114 W. Broad St. 355-2187.

Landmark Theater "Hairspray," the musical based on the John Waters film, comes to Richmond Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Through Jan. 27. Tickets are $31-$66. Call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Modlin Center The Starr Foster Dance Project performs eight works, including two premieres, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15. 289-8980.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre The theater presents "The Miracle Worker," the story of the relationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Through March 4. Tickets are $28.50-$41.25. 17201 Jefferson Davis Highway. 748-5203.

Ongoing

Barksdale Theatre "Scapino!" the adventures of a trickster trying to bring two lovers together, at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. weekend matinees. Through Jan. 22. Tickets are $34-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.

Firehouse Theatre "Defining Moments," a birth arts festival, featuring "Birth," a play by Karen Brody, nightly at 8 p.m., plus films, dance performances and workshops, through Jan. 22. Tickets to the play are $15; $25 for the entire festival. For more information, call 355-2001 or visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse The playhouse presents "Murder at the Irish Wake," Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Governor's Inn. Through Feb. 11. Tickets are $26.95-$36.95. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. Call 649-2583 or visit

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