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Hairspray – Hippodrome, Bristol

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Laura Hasketh Big songs, a big heart and even bigger hair, Hairspray is  the ultimate feelgood feast full of charm, energy and vibrant colour. Better than the movie, Paul Kerryson's production refuses to shy away from the race troubles of the ...

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Hairspray – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Good morning Baltimore and good evening Edinburgh. Based on John Walter’s 1988 film of the same name, it’s Baltimore, it’s the 1960s and it’s Hairspray. Young Tracey Turnblad (Freya Sutton) decides that it’s about time she achieved her vision ...

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Hairspray – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Lyrics: Scott Whitman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   It’s 1962 Baltimore. Almost a century after the abolition of slavery, seven years after Rosa Parks and other members of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People refused to give up their bus seats racial segregation is still rife. ...

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Hairspray – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Adapted from the 1988 film of the same name, Hairspray in its musical form premiered on Broadway in 2002 and has proved phenomenally popular ever since with successful productions worldwide including London’s West End in a production that ran ...

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Hairspray – Liverpool Empire Theatre

Book: Marc O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman &Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: John Roberts 13 years ago Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman’s musical adaptation of Hairspray, based on the cult John Waters film of the same name opened on Broadway, just a year later it swept the board with awards at the prestigious Tony Awards ...

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Hairspray – The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Book: Thomas Meehan Music and Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty   Hairsprayhas amassed eight Tony Awards, four Olivier Awards, two films and has won the hearts of musical fans worldwide. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the show follows Tracy Turnblad (Freya Sutton), a teenager who longs to dance on The Corny Collins TV ...

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Hairspray – Curve, Leicester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Hairspray is one of the most successful new musicals of the 21st century. Based on John Waters’ cult 1988 film, the show opened on Broadway in 2002, ran for over 2,500 performances, and won eight Tony Awards. A new film followed ...

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Sex in Suburbia – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writers: Claire Sweeney and Mandy Muden Director: Ken Alexander Reviewer: Beth Steer Based around “the eternal subject of love and romance, and the quest to find Mr Right”, Sex in Suburbia tells the story of several disastrous dating experiences. Written by Claire Sweeney – who stars as herself – and friend Mandy Muden, who “thought it was funny in their ...

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