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Hairspray – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Tim Frost   This energetic, colourful and raucous cartoon musical warms up a freezing April day in Canterbury. Although light on really great tunes and mostly bereft of decent dialogue, this popular slapstick show ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Hairspray UK Tour 2015

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Big Hair, big girls and big fun – Hairspray is sheer in-yer-face fun, perhaps the natural successor to teen musical Grease or even Glee. Unlike Glee, however, this isn’t a teenage group of perfect ...

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Hairspray – New Theatre, Cardiff

Hairspray UK Tour 2015

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 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

Hairspray_Credit Ellie Kurtz

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

Hairspray UK Tour 2015

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 ...

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Hairspray – The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Hairspray_Credit Ellie Kurtz

Book: Thomas Meehan Music and Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty   Hairspray has 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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