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Hairspray – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Director: Paul Kerrison Choreographer: Drew MConie Reviewer: Sue Collier The opening night performance of Hairspray the UK Tour at The Alhambra Theatre Bradford was of extremely high calibre. The setting is Baltimore in 1962 America. Our heroine is schoolgirl Tracy Turnblad (Rebecca Mendoza) who loves ...

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Hairspray – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The big, brash and beautiful Broadway musical Hairspray is perhaps the most sweet-natured take on a John Waters film one could possibly imagine. But while the original film’s lapses into poor taste are softened by the onstage cutesiness, there remains a ...

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Hairspray: The Broadway Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since its star-studded Hollywood revival in 2007, Hairspray has proven itself to be a favourite for musical theatre audiences across the West. In this inception, on its latest UK tour, it is clear to see why ...

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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Hairspray – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dan English Big numbers, big hair and even bigger hearts aplenty as the UK Tour of Hairspray makes its stop at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Despite its 60s setting, the Paul Kerryson directed play still has political clout as protagonist Tracy Turnblad fights back against body-shaming and racial ...

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Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book: Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Death was exceptionally busy in 2016 and aside from the ongoing wars and natural disasters he also claimed an exceptionally high number of actors, musicians and celebrities. Understandably then, he’s in need of a bit of a rest and fortunately Maury Yeston, Thomas ...

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Hairspray Live – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event

Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Starting as a John Waters film in 1988, turned into a stage show in 2002, and a musical film in 2007 Hairspray is the latest show turned into a television event by NBC in America. No matter what stage of its history you were first introduced to the franchise, you cannot deny that it’s a story which ...

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Hairspray – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Tim Frost   This energetic, colourful and raucous cartoon musical warms up a freezing April day in Canterbury. Although light on really great tunes and mostly bereft of decent dialogue, this popular slapstick show ...

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