Outstanding Opening Night of Hairspray sends audience off Dancing in the Streets of Leicester.
By Helen Owton
Hairspray includes a refreshing theatrical flavour of the buzz of music, big hair, humour, dancing and style, set in 1962 in Baltimore (USA) about a teenager Tracy Turnblad (played by Freya Sutton) pursuing fame on The Corny Collins Show as a dancer. It also portrays a powerful message of embracing diversity embedded within an important battle against racial segregation. Images of the John F. Kennedy (President of USA in 1962) and Martin Luther King linger on the screens reminiscent of the fights for civil rights during a song from the ‘powerhouse voice’ of Motormouth Maybelle (played by Brenda Edwards); the strength of unity between black and white people standing on stage is a potent reminder of the black history in America.
A wonderful duo between Mum Edna (played by Tony Maudsley) and Dad Wilbur (played by Peter Duncan) echoed of a similar Morecombe and Wise style entertainment; warm-hearted, funny, entertaining and oozing with a certain style and class that is seldom replicated.
Hairspray is an exceptional blend between vibrant entertainment and a prevailing storyline performed by an exquisite cast (including Claire Sweeney, Lauren Stroud, and Monique Young) and remarkable dancers (including Dex Lee, Karis Jack and Layton Williams); I couldn’t help but smile and dance in my seat! The phenomenal show and the atmosphere was electric and the cast received a very well-deserved standing ovation from the whole theatre; we left the theatre dancing and singing down the streets of Leicester!
This show is not to be missed!
Hairspray UK Tour: www.hairsprayuktour.com