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Move over Auckland! Tracy Turnblad, the girl with the big hair and big bones is on her way with even bigger passion – to dance!
Hairspray – The Broadway Musical – winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is presented by North Shore Music Theatre as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
It’s 1962 and Tracy wins a spot on the local TV dance program, The Corny Collins Show. Tracy launches a campaign against the social injustice of segregation that prevents the Negro teens from dancing on the show with the white kids. Tracy is played by Heather Wilcock, winner of the AMI Showdown award for Best Supporting Female for her role in Grease.
Overnight Tracy is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unconventional trendsetter in dance, music and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do?
Motormouth Maybelle – a role played by Queen Latifah in the movie – will be played by Lavina Wiliams who’s travelled the world with The Lion King playing Shenzi, the hyena. She shot to fame in Australian Idol, knocked out by eventual winner and pop superstar Jessica Mauboy. Lavina is a former member of the NZ 90s girl group MaVelle,
As Edna Turnblad, Russell Dixon – who won the critical acclaim for his role as Chris in Miss Saigon and has since been appearing in the West End productions of Top Hat and Blood Brothers – has the unusual role of a man playing a woman. This role was performed by John Travolta in the cinema adaptation of the musical.
Edna’s husband, Wilbur – portrayed by David Adkins – is an inventor of gags and owner of the Har-De-Har Hut joke shop. UK-born Adkins will bring plenty of humour and experience to the role as a NAPTA nominee (best Director and Best Show) for The Producers, Blood Brothers and Miss Saigon as well as starring roles in Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Me and My Girl, Oliver and Cabaret.
Also joining the cast is Luke Bird – an award winning vocalist with a penchant for musical theatre. Recent credits include the NZ Opera Company’s version of Rigoletto, Disney’s musical event - Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, The Full Monty and Cabaret. He recently completed a season with the New Zealand production of The Phantom of the Opera in Wellington, where he played principle role Monsieur Andre – the comedic, fun but sensible theatre owner. Luke received rave reviews for his take on the role.
Referred to as “Broadway’s Big Fat Musical”, Hairspray is based on the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Director Grant Meese (Recent hit season of Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera) says Hairspray constitutes one of the most high energy dance shows ever performed on Broadway.
“It’s a fun piece written about the 1960s when segregation was a big topic in our country,” Meese says. And while the show brings light to a serious problem of that time, the plot is full of light-hearted entertainment for the entire family.
With catchy songs and sparkling choreography, this show is a dazzling recreation of the fun that was the ‘60s. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like Hairspray. It’s irresistible!”
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