HAIRSPRAY, SUNDERLAND EMPIRE

Welcome to the sixties! A big girl with big hair, a big voice and an even bigger heart. We fly to Baltimore and back as Tracy Turnblad takes us on a heart-warming journey through a life of fame, frocks, equality and electrifying dance moves.
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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Set in 1962, Hairspray tells the tale of a young girl called Tracy Turnblad who dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins show. The trouble is, she’s overweight and doesn’t quite fit into what society and the showbiz world deems beautiful. But give the girl a chance and she’ll make it big time – perfecting some poignant political issues as she dances her way. 

In 1960s Baltimore, times were changing and so bubbly young soul, Tracy fights for integration and for everyone to be given a chance. It is a real feel-good musical with many ups and downs along the way. Lessons in life learnt from a young girl who encourages everyone to dream big.

Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart. She follows her passion and soon becomes a local star, using her new-found fame to fight for equality. Glitter, dance moves and hairspray aside, the showbiz lifestyle is backed up with a bit of romance, bagging local heartthrob, Link Larkin along the way!

 

WHO’S IN IT?

Norman Pace of comedy duo Hale and Pace plays Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards, who appeared in X Factor 2005, plays Motormouth Maybelle and Layton Williams, known for playing Stephen in the BBC comedy Bad Education, plays Seaweed. His dance numbers are phenomenal and had the audience toe-tapping along from start to finish! Tracy’s character is a true delight to watch. Played by Rebecca Mendoza, she’s sweet, she’s a sensational singer and her stage presence is second to none throughout.  

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?


HAIRSPRAYFrom the opening scene when Tracy says ‘Good morning (to) Baltimore’, to the fabulous finale where everyone is up dancing to ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, the  whole cast have everyone swept away with their magnificent vocals, their dazzling dance moves and the touch of humour for good measure throughout.

For us, two of the stand out numbers are ‘(You’re) Timeless To Me’ and ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’. ‘(You’re) Timeless To Me’ is a laugh-out-loud number performed by Matt Rixon and Norman Pace – and with genuine laughter from both the cast and audience, it provides a light-hearted segment during quite a deep element of the show.

‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ is predominantly performed by Brenda Edwards whose voice is spine-tinglingly good. The raw emotion is there and it really gives audience members a feel for the back story.

A special mention also needs to go to the final number of the show, ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ – a get-up-and-dance opportunity if there ever was one!

Hairspray is a fun and colourful musical bringing together dazzling dance moves, marvellous music, heart-warming love stories and the reality of life and racism in 1960s America. If putting the fun back into politics is a thing – then they’ve certainly mastered it with this one!

WHO SHOULD SEE IT?

Anyone who loves a feel-good show. Think sensational sets, colourful choreography and cracking comedy from start to finish! Fans of the film will also love it as it’s brought to life live on stage. You won’t be able to sit still!

WHEN IS IT ON?

It’s on now until Saturday 30th September (7.30pm) – with matinee performances on Wednesday & Saturday (2.30pm). Don’t miss out on this one. It’s BIG!


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