Hairspray The Musical extends tour by 8 weeks

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL UK TOUR - Credit Darren Bell
HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL UK TOUR – Credit Darren Bell

Due to phenomenal public demand, Hairspray has today announced it will continue to tour the UK into August of next year. Having entertained big, bold and beautiful audiences across the country since opening 11 weeks ago, Mark Goucher is pleased to announce eight additional tour venues for summer 2018. This hugely acclaimed production of Hairspray will now tour to Stoke, Oxford, Newcastle, Eastbourne, York, Swansea, Bournemouth and return to Dublin.

Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this much-loved musical comedy currently stars ITV comedy legend Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Layton Williams as Seaweed. Matt Rixon returns to the role of Edna Turnblad and newcomer Rebecca Mendoza makes her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

Further cast includes; Gina Murray, Jon Tsouras, Edward Chitticks, Aimee Moore, Annalise Liard-Bailey, Monifa James, Lauren Concannon, Melissa Nettleford and Emily-Mae as The Dynamites, Shay Barclay, Ben Darcy, George Hinson, Jordan Laviniere, Graham MacDuff, Lindsay McAllister, Tracey Penn and Freya Rowley.

Choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson.

It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.

CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Paul Kerryson
Choreographer: Drew McOnie
Set and Costume Designer: takis
Lighting Designer: Philip Gladwell
Sound Designer: Ben Harrison

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