Get your beehive hairstyles ready, it’s a great ride!
Hairspray the Musical has been around since 1988. I know, weird isn’t it? Originally written and directed by John Waters, the cult film was adapted into a Broadway hit in 2002, winning countless awards both in the United States and abroad. And it shows!
Based in 1962 Baltimore, the show answers the question “Can a big girl with big hair and even bigger dreams dance to change the world?”
Sixteen-year-old Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Metcalf) just wants to dance on The Corny Collins (Billy Dawson) Show, a local TV dance show (based on the real Buddy Deane Show), and meet Link Larkin (Will Savarese). Tracy has a lot going for her, supportive parents Edna (Andrew Levitt aka Nina West) and Wilbur (Christopher Swan). Besides her best friend, Penny Pingleton (Emery Henderson), Tracy finds her biggest supporters through a stint in detention, when she begins dancing with Seaweed J. Stubbs (Brandon G. Stalling), a black boy from the wrong side of the city. In fact, everyone black is on the wrong side of town in 1962 Baltimore. But Seaweed is the Corny Collins Show’s “Negro Day” dancer, the only day a month that black kids can dance on the show. Tracy wants to change that and allow blacks and whites to dance together.
Embarrassed by her nemesis Amber Von Tussle (Kaelee Albritton) and Amber’s racist mother, Velma Von Tussle (Addison Garner), the producer of The Corny Collins show. Tracy is rejected from the show’s audition due to her height. Velma also refuses to allow Little Inez (Kalea Leverette) to audition because she is black.
The energy and excitement of Nikki’s portrayal of Tracy is infectious. Edna and Wilbur’s relationship is endearing and Andrew Levitt aka Nina West and Christopher Swan have done an amazing job of not being caricatures but bringing reality to the characters. Everyone raves about the musical number, You Can’t Stop the Beat, and it was awesome, but for this reviewer, “Momma I’m a Big Girl Now” was the best choreographed and amazing number from the Serie.
Throughout production, the person I couldn’t take my eyes off was Seaweed. Brandon G. Stalling commanded the scene with movement and poise. He was a pleasure to watch.
The entire production was filled with energy and had the audience dancing in their seats.
An incredible moment and a great message. Go ahead, see it before your chance to do so runs out!
THE MAIN CAST WILL FEATURE ANDREW LEVITT (AKA Nina West), Niki Metcalf AND Gabriyel Thomas
Madison, Wisconsin (February 8, 2022) – In just two weeks, HAIR SPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenom, opens at the Overture Center! This new North American tour, led by the original director Jack O’Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will play Tuesday, February 22 through Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Overture Hall. To purchase tickets, visit overture.org.
The casting will be led by Andrew Levitt aka Nina West (from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) like Edna Turnblad, Niki Metcalf like Tracy Turnblad and Gabriel Thomas like Motormouth Maybelle, Billy Dawson like Corny Collins, Will Savarese like Link Larkin, Emery Henderson like Penny Pingleton, Brandon G. Stalling as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Kaelee Albritton like Amber Von Tussle and Addison Garner as Velma Von Tussle.
Christopher Swan will play Wilbur Turnblad and Kalea Leverette will play Little Inez with Caroline Daye attayekKelly BarberitoHelen Britany, jammed BrutenTanner Callicutt, Shante Clarke, Ryahn Evers, Carly Haig, Michael Corey Hassel, Kaleb Jenkins, Greg KalafatasGabriel Kearns, Stevie LeWarne, Jr., Nichelle Lewis, Paris No Lewis, Brendan Morris, Faith Northcutt, Adam Blake Raque, Nadia Ra’ShaunRenée Reid, Micah Sauvageau, George Vickers V and Emmanuelle Zeesman as members of the whole.
“It’s a whole new world we find ourselves in today, and HAIR SPRAY is even more relevant than 20 years ago, when it burst onto the scene. With the renewed and refreshed energy of the unforgettable ‘Nina West’ as Edna and a whole new generation of hugely talented kids on all levels, we can’t wait to raise the various roofs once again with dance. , the joy, the music and that glorious, famous, high-energy score!” shared the director Jack O’Brien.
Choreographer Jerry Mitchell added, “HAIR SPRAY has always been about all of us dancing together! I’m thrilled to welcome this NEW company of amazing #FULLOUT talent to lead the way as we dance across America with a message of inclusion and hope because ‘You really I can’t stop the beat!”
HAIR SPRAY is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance to television’s hottest show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? With the beloved score of hit songs such as “Welcome to the 60’s”, “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, HAIR SPRAY is “fresh, winning and deliriously melodious!” (The New York Times).
This new touring production will bring together Broadway’s award-winning creative team, led by director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchellto bring HAIR SPRAY to a new generation of theatergoers. HAIR SPRAY is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as creative consultant on the musical. It features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. HAIR SPRAY features an original score by Oscar-nominated Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The tour is produced by NETworks Presentations.
Additional creative team for HAIR SPRAY includes tour director Matt Lenz, tour choreographer Michele Lynch, set designer David Rockwell, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, tour lighting designer Paul Miller, costume designer William Ivey Long , hair and wig designer Paul Huntley and Richard Mawbey, sound designer Shannon Slaton, music supervisor Lon Hoyt and Casting by Stewart/Whitley.
HAIR SPRAY premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in June 2002. The show was a smash hit when it moved to Broadway, winning eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and becoming the most former to play at the Neil Simon Theatre, with 2,642 performances from July. From January 18, 2002 to January 4, 2009. This is the 22nd longest show in the history of the causeway.
Learn more about the new touring production at www.hairspraytour.com.
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Broadway at Overture is sponsored by American Family Insurance. Our community partner for hair spray is JH Findorff & Son Inc. Overture is grateful for the community support that helps make these experiences possible.
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