Last night we were lucky enough to be invited to the premiere of Sydney\’s hot new musical Hairspray (thank you Schwarzkopf) and we were blown away by every aspect of the show from the strong cast, to the outrageous costume design, and the intelligent digital staging.
Big, bold, and remarkable this high energy musical looks set to be a guaranteed crowd pleaser for the months to come. But directed and conceived by David Atkins and choreographed by Jason Coleman, the Australian version of Hairspray was always going to be a hit.
Set in 1962 Hairspray tells the story of vivacious Baltimore schoolgirl Tracey Turnblad (Jaz Flowers). Her only dream is to dance on her favourite television program, and perhaps to have a bit of a smooch with her favourite cast member as well if she can help it. Despite what everyone tells her Tracey isn\’t going to let something as silly as reality stand in her way and we follow her whirlwind adventure as she follows her dreams.
Flowers is stellar in her performance as Tracey, managing to bring an endearing naivetÃ© to her larger then life character. With stage presence like hers it\’s hard to believe that this is her first leading role.
Cabaret legend Trevor Ashley had the audience roaring with laughter in his hilarious turn as Tracey\’s mother Edna. Playing the role with a little more drag then previous incarnations, Ashley was an absolute audience favourite. Mention must also be made of Esther Hannaford who stole the stage with her utter devotion to the awkward, geeky Penny. Previous So You Think You Can Dance contestant Jack Chambers wowed as teen heartthrob Link, with a charisma we didn\’t see coming.
Hairspray is the ultimate feel good musical. Sure we know that American racial segregation wasn\’t magically remedied by the power of dance and song in the early 1960\’s, but our beloved characters do get the happy endings that we want them to.
If you need a pick me up, or just a night to get lost in your imagination; Hairspray is a definite bet.
Hairspray is playing at the Lyric Theatre, Star City from today (June 24th), tickets start from $89.90 and visit their website for more info and how to buy tickets: www.hairspraythemusical.com.au, runs until end of August 2011.
Category: Film & TV