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Hairspray: Broadway’s Award-Winning Musical Returns

Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour, currently performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on the 30th of April. 

Follow the journey of Tracy Turnblad, a 16-year-old girl with big dreams and even bigger hair, as she tries to dance her way onto the most popular TV show of the 1960s in Baltimore. Will she be able to make a difference and change the world?

This all-new touring production brings together Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to introduce Hairspray to a new generation of theater audiences.

The musical includes popular songs such as “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Critics have described it as “fresh,” “winning,” and “deliriously tuneful.”

The New York Times

“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like Hairspray. It’s irresistible!”
Hairspray Musical. Source: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Irresistible Music and Message of Hairspray

Hairspray is a musical that debuted on Broadway in 2002, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. It’s set in the early 1960s and follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, a plus-sized teenager who dreams of dancing on a popular TV dance show called “The Corny Collins Show.”

Through her determination and unwavering spirit, Tracy becomes a regular on the show and uses her newfound fame to promote racial integration and challenge social norms. Along the way, she falls in love with a boy named Link Larkin, faces off against the show’s snobby, bigoted producer, Velma Von Tussle, and helps her African American friends and fellow dancers achieve equality and acceptance.

Critical Acclaim 

Hairspray has won numerous awards, including eight Tony Awards, and has been adapted into a successful film and a live television special. The musical has received praise for its lively music, catchy songs, and energetic dance numbers. Critics have also appreciated the show’s positive message of racial integration and acceptance, as well as its clever humor and references to the 1960s.

“Hairspray is a happy, feel-good, modern-day fairytale with a message of acceptance that is still relevant today” – The Sydney Morning Herald.

You can read cast bios, performance information, and exclusive stories here: Hairspray digital program

For ticket purchases and venue information visit: Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Hairspray  

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