Hairspray Announces Adelaide and Sydney Seasons
The producers of the original Tony Award winning Broadway production of Hairspray have announced that the production, which is soon to premiere at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, will be touring to Adelaide and Sydney from late 2022.
Director Jack O’Brien (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), lead the original Broadway creative team to present the big hair and big-hearted musical Hairspray in Australia as originally intended.
Some of Australia’s favourite performers are brushing off their dancing feet, including the Shane Jacobson, who will star as housewife Edna Turnblad, alongside Todd McKenney as Wilbur Turnblad, Rhonda Burchmore as the villainous Velma Von Tussle, Rob Mills as the Corny Collins, Asabi Goodman as Motormouth Maybelle, Donna Lee and introducing Carmel Rodrigues as Tracy Turnblad. Click here for full cast details.
“I am delighted that the original Broadway version of Hairspray will be heading to Adelaide and Sydney. The characters in Hairspray are iconic and loved worldwide and the team have assembled an unbelievably talented and hilarious all-star cast for one of my most beloved musicals,” said producer John Frost.
Set in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, it tells the story of dance-loving teenager Tracy Turnblad who has one dream - to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star and she must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!
With a story more relatable and pertinent than ever, the Broadway production of Hairspray also toured nationally across the US, a West End production was nominated for a record-breaking 11 Olivier Awards and it was adapted as a film in 2007 starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Zac Efron.
John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia present
Starring Shane Jacobson, Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore, Rob Mills, Asabi Goodman, Javon King and introducing Carmel Rodrigues with Donna Lee
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
From August 2022
Festival Theatre, Adelaide
From December 2022
Lyric Theatre, Sydney
From February 2023
For tickets for the Melbourne season and waitlist sign up for Adelaide and Sydney seasons visit www.hairspraymusical.com.au
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittmann & Marc Shaiman
Scenery Design David Rockwell
Costume Design William Ivey Long
Lighting Design Kenneth Posner
Sound Design Steve C. Kennedy
Original Wigs and Hair Paul Huntley
Find Hairspray on Facebook and Instagram @HairsprayMusicalAU @HairsprayMusical and Twitter @Hairspray_AU
Photographer: Jeff Busby