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Hairspray – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The big, brash and beautiful Broadway musical Hairspray is perhaps the most sweet-natured take on a John Waters film one could possibly imagine. But while the original film’s lapses into poor taste are softened by the onstage cutesiness, there remains a ...

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Hairspray: The Broadway Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since its star-studded Hollywood revival in 2007, Hairspray has proven itself to be a favourite for musical theatre audiences across the West. In this inception, on its latest UK tour, it is clear to see why ...

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Hairspray – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dan English Big numbers, big hair and even bigger hearts aplenty as the UK Tour of Hairspray makes its stop at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Despite its 60s setting, the Paul Kerryson directed play still has political clout as protagonist Tracy Turnblad fights back against body-shaming and racial ...

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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

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

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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