Broadway in Hollywood celebrated the L.A. Premiere of the new 20th National Tour of Hairspray – Broadway’s Tony-winning Best Musical! It also just got nominated again for a Tony Award.
This musical will knock your socks off with it’s very fun romp into a time long gone, the 60’s but through this show, it sneaks back into our hearts and mind.
Hairspray is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore. She sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams, and even bigger hair, change the world?
Hairspray is based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. It features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Hairspray features an original score by Academy Award-nominated Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The tour is produced by Networks Presentation.
Hairspray features some of the beloved scores of hits songs, “Welcome to the 60’s”, “Good Morning Baltimore”, and the toe-tapping, “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” The finale featuring “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” will make you want to get up on your feet and dance!
The sets are remarkable with interesting architecture that adds the colors and designs of the 60’s. Plus, the costumes are all about the groovy colors and prints of that time period. The wigs get bigger, and the hairstyles are mod. It all makes for one fun adventure into a timeless piece of history.
The North American Tour by original director Jack O’Brien, and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Hairspray will be at the Dolby Hollywood for five weeks. It then moves on to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
There was a pink carpet, 60s-inspired fashion, and celebrities, and fashion from the world of Music, Film, Television, and Social Media – this was one of the brightest, energy-packed openings I have ever seen! The star-studded night was attended by the likes of, Ricki Lake – Original Tracy Turnblad from the 1988 John Waters movie, Lance Bass, Todrick Hall, Ming Na Wen, Frankie Grande, Adam Shankman, Jerry Mitchell (Original Hairspray Choreographer).
With a cast featuring RuPaul Drag Race Icon Andrew Levitt (Aka: Nina West), as Edna Turnblad, Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad, Charlie Bryant III as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Nick Cortazzo as Link Larkin, Ralph Prentice Daniel as Wilbur Turnblad and Billy Dawson as Corney Collins, Ryahn Evers as Amber Von Tussle, Addison Garner as Velma Von Tussle, Emery Henderson as Penny Pingleton, and Joi D. McCoy as Little Inez. I remember the original cast from the movie “Hairspray” from 2007;
Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta, Queen Latifah. This cast is just as good.
Hairspray runs at The Dolby Theater from May 2 – May 21, 2023.
The Dolby Theater
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 308-6300 https://www.broadwayinhollywood