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CD REVIEW: Cry Baby: The Musical – Original Studio Cast Recording

Music: Adam Schlesinger Lyrics: David Javerbaum Reviewer: Mark Clegg From its debut on Broadway in 2002 to a massively successful movie version in 2007 and through numerous tours and regional productions, the musical Hairspray (based on the John Waters movie) has quickly become a modern day classic. Waters' kitsch sensibilities proved perfect fodder for a gloriously fun and bubbly musical ...

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York Stage Musicals: Hairspray – Grand Opera House, York

Writers: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Mark Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whitman, Marc Shaiman Director &Choreographer: Jessica Hardcastle Musical Director: Adam Tomlinson Reviewer: Nicola Harrison   Don’t hold me back, ’Cause today, all my dreams will come true! Hairspray the Broadway Musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film, Hairspray while the original Broadway production premièred on the 15th August ...

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Hairspray – The Curve, Leicester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: James Garrington Hairspray must surely be one of the great feel-good musicals, up there with the likes of Mamma Mia! Based on the 1988 film, it is set in 1962 Baltimore, and is a tale of acceptance winning over discrimination. Once ...

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Hairspray – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Choreograpy: Jerry Mitchell Directed by: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:5] It's a cynical and depressing old world we live in: economic crisis, famine and conflict abounds, so what we really need to lift us from the gloom is to be transported, for a few short hours, ...

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Hairspray – The Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Choreograpy: Jerry Mitchell Directed by: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Liza Kyle [rating:4.5]   Defy the mothers of 1962 and say “Yes! Do! Go!” to this wonderfully energetic, infectious, and unpretentious production. Hairspray tells the story of the big hearted, big boned Tracy Turnblad and her quest to fulfil ...

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Hairspray – Liverpool Empire

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Director: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Helen Patrick [Rating:4.5] Based on John Waters’ cult 80s film starring Ricky Lake and the late Divine, Hairspray is the ultimate feel good, foot tapping, cheesy grin inducing musical that will guarantee to have you on your feet dancing in the aisles by ...

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Hairspray – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Haiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman Director: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Lucia Cox [Rating:5] John Water’s 1988 film, Hairspray was only a moderate success upon its release but became a cult classic on home video during the ‘90’s. The original film, starring Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry and Divine, was Water’s reaction to real life events he’d ...

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