Music & Theatre

Review: Hairspray the Musical

For one week only, the film inspired “Hairspray The Musical” sets up stage at Hanley’s Regent Theatre

For those not familiar with the film it depicts a story about carefreeHairspray and bubbly Baltimore girl called Tracy Turnblad, played by Rosie O’Hare.

Tracy’s biggest dream is to be able to dance on US TV, no matter what may get in her way, and this leads to a story about segregation and hope for integration in her country.

Set in the 1960’s Tracy sets off on her quest to achieve her dream by securing an audition on the popular “The Corny Collins Show”. Unfortunately for Tracy, the show is a racially segregated show, something that she feels incredibly strongly and outspokenly about.

As a musical Hairspray strikes the right balance between humour and fighting a noble cause.
A particular highlight was a scene between Tracy’s parents, Edna (Matt Rixon) and Wilbur (Graham MacDuff), which featured a blunder with a prop on stage, it left the audience in hysterics, not knowing which parts were scripted or really part of the show!

With a musical that has a dancer as the central character, the choreography has to be spot on. The amazing Drew McOnie does a masterful job of keeping the rhythm in the show, which is matched by the fabulous sixties clothing.

Despite the subject matter, Hairspray is a feel-good musical that had the audience tapping their feet throughout.

As a finale the entire cast takes to the stage to perform the song “You can’t stop the beat”, this brought the audience to their feet throughout and delivered a very worthy standing ovation. Well done to the entire cast whose singing and dancing was faultless!

You can catch Hairspray at the Regent Theatre in Hanley from 12th to 16th June. For tickets, more information, and more shows check out the Regent Theatres website for more details.


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