Are you ready to go back to Baltimore? The Tony-award winning Broadway production of Hairspray is grooving and moving into the Regent Theatre in August 2022. Listen to your favourite bops, and see the nicest kids in town, live on stage.
Hairspray the Musical
Set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, this beloved musical follows Tracey Turnblad, who loves to dance and dreams of appearing on The Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracey is transformed from a social outcast into a sudden star.
Leading producer John Frost saw the first workshop reading of the musical way back in 2001. He knew that this musical would be a smash hit with Australian audiences, and invested to secure the Australian rights. He became a co-producer of the Broadway production, which went on to win eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
“I am thrilled the original Broadway version of Hairspray is finally coming to Australia,” said Frost. “It is an irresistibly feel-good and hilarious production for people of all ages to enjoy.”
Acclaimed director Jack O’Brien (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and choreography Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), are helming a team of Broadway creatives to present Hairspray as it was originally intended.
Renowned stage and screen performer Shane Jacobson will star as iconic housewife, Edna Turnblad.
“I am thrilled beyond thrilled to be back on stage in a musical again,” said Jacobson. “The stage is truly my happy place, and the role of Edna Turnblad is a role I have always loved and wanted to play. My wife and kids are as excited as I am about the show, because the film Hairspray is one of our family favourites and now I get to be a part of bringing the show to life onstage for audiences of all ages. I can’t wait to hit the boards in heels.”
Further casting announcements will be made in the coming months.
To sign up to the waitlist and learn more details, check out the Hairspray website.