19th-23rd March 2024 @The Epsom Playhouse
Directed by Sarah Morrisson
M.D: Steven Geraghty
Hairspray is a musical with music by Mark Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and the book by Mark O’Donnel and Thomas Meeham. Based off the Hairspray (1988 film) by John Walters, the songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, Tracy Turnblads dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, based off the real-life Buddy Dean show. When Tracy wins the role on the show, she becomes a overnight celebrity, and meets a colorful array of unique characters. Then she launches a campaign to integrate the show and change history. Hairspray is known to be a social commentary on injustices of parts on the American society.
The musical’s original Broadway production opened on August 15, 2002.
In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards out of 13 nominations. It ran over 2,500 performances and closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray has also had some national tours, a London West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Lance Oliver Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.