Gallery Players are proud to present the regional premiere of the iconic, multi award winning musical Hairspray.
In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, auditions for a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.
Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Performance in a Supporting Role. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.
Gallery have assembled a large multi-talented, mixed community cast for this iconic big, bold and beautiful musical comedy. The cast contains some Gallery favourites; Shelley Clempson takes the role of Velma, Rachel Lucock plays Amber, Tom Mayhew takes the part of Link, versatile Phil Cory plays a number of parts, Prudy is played by Rosie Beattie and we are pleased to welcome back Tim Holder who plays Edna alongside Darren Beattie, who plays her husband, Wilbur. Motormouth Maybelle is played by talented local singer Maria Mattison and Seaweed by Darnelle Blanc (The History Boys).
We also welcome a host of talented new local performers to Gallery; Owen Berry, who was last seen as Fagin for the Coop Juniors, plays Corny Collins, Ellena Bacon is Penny and the lead part of Tracy Turnblad is played by the lovely Natasha Abbott.
Choreography is by David Hockley, Musical Direction by Richard Healey and Steve Wooldridge directs, assisted by Sally Scurrell and Rosie Beattie.
Hairspray is a feel-good factor musical with strong messages about acceptance and tolerance of difference.