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Hairspray – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer:Bethany Steer   Set in Baltimore, USA in 1962, Hairspray is a musical full of bounce, boogie and big, big hair. A chubby teenage girl with an eye watering crush on local TV superstar, Link Larkin (Ashley Gilmour), ...

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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 – 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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NEWS: Maudsley and Sweeney lead Hairspray tour cast

Producers have today announced principal casting for a new major tour of hit musical Hairspray, which opens at Curve Leicester this autumn before touring the UK Tony Maudsley (ITV1’s Benidorm) will play Edna and will be joined by TV and stage actress and presenter Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Guys and Dolls) as Velma Von Tussle, Olivier Award nominated actor and ...

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