Review: Hairspray at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company are presenting another premier for Blackpool, having secured the rights to perform Hairspray the Musical.

The tagline by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the show’s original lyricists, is:

When you follow your own beat, the world will follow you…

Our talented local light opera troupe render Tracy Turnblad and the Corny Collins Show fans as FAME-ously as we have come to expect from the Seaside Shimmiers. Of course in many respects Hairspray is the panto John Waters created for the beginning of the 21st. century, with Cinderella as an overweight teenager with all the right moves.

Tracy is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show, and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy’s mother Edna’s dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next dancer on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it onto the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma.

Does this sound familiar? An evil quasi-stepmother and hateful competitor as the ugly un-sister ?

Tracy then decides that it’s not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, so with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she’s going to integrate the show.

As per usual, for me the foul characters steal the show, but in such a hardworking ensemble, singling out individuals would be invidious. If you have seen any Waters’ films, you will know the amusement and feel-good magic that is in store.
As the Grand carefully credit, the production is based upon the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters, with the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.

It is highly recommended that you FOLLOW THE BEAT…

Hairspray runs until Saturday 23 May and tickets are available by phoning 01253 290190 or by visiting the website.

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Danielle

    Absolutely loved the show, it was the best one I have ever seen, with a dedicated cast that worked so hard throughout and lots of laughter.

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