Hairspray Exposes Talent Of Tuscaloosa

Hairspray will have four more performances at the Bean-Brown Theatre, ending with a matinee at 2 p.m. on July 27. 
By Hannah Hammitte

Contributing Writer

Good morning Tuscaloosa and it’s time to welcome Tracy Turnblad and the cast of the Corny Collins Show to the Bean-Brown Theatre July 18-27.

Hairspray is the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The musical is set in 1962 Baltimore and centers on Tracy Turnblad, an endearing teen who dreams of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show. Turnblad’s dream comes true and she sets many goals for herself with her newfound power. Turnblad hopes to take the place of the reigning Teen Queen, fall in love with the shows heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate the TV network.  However, she has to do all of these things while sporting a perfect bouffant hairdo at all times.

Cue the hairspray.

“It’s a fun, fun play,” said director Michael Thomas Walker. “It’s exciting, it’s wowing to the eye. My hope is that we also highlight the talent we have here in Tuscaloosa. So many people don’t realize how much talent is here.”

The music for this production of Hairspray is by Marc Shaiman and lyrics are by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The musical is based off of the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters.

The musical has been playing at the Bean-Brown Theatre since July 18 and the reviews have been very positive.

Mark Hughes Cobb is the entertainment editor at the Tuscaloosa News and had only positive things to say about the performance in his review in the Tuscaloosa News.

“Theatre Tuscaloosa’s ‘Hairspray’ is a pure grinner, swift, light on its feet, catchy as the flu, but with pleasant aftereffects, possibly including a smile that won’t end for hours,” Cobb wrote in his review.

Hairspray will have four more performances at the Bean-Brown Theatre. Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday the musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.

The cost of tickets is $22 for general audience, $18 for seniors (60 and up) and $14 for students. For more information visit or call 205-391-2277.

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