Book by MARK O'DONNEL & THOMAS MEEHAN Music by MARC SHAIMAN Lyric by SCOTT WITTMAN & MARC SHAIMAN
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by JOHN WATERS Directed by JACK O'BRIEN Choreography by JERRY MITCHELL Starring KATHY BRIER HARVEY FIERSTEIN Also Starring MARY BOND DAVIS TRACY JAI EDWARDS JENNIFER GAMBATESE CHESTER GREGORY II JACKIE HOFFMAN AJA MARIA MATTHEW MORRISON CLARKE THORELL JOEL VIG BARBARA WALSH and DICK LATESSA
With Eric Anthony Shoshana Bean Tracee Beazer J.P. Dougherty Shannon Durig Adam Fleming Danielle Lee Greaves Hollie Howard Michelle Kittrell Katharine Leonard Michael Longoria John Jeffrey Martin Rusty Mowery Rashad Naylor Nichole Powell Judine Richard Peter Matthew Smith Todd Michel Smith Shayna Steele Brooke Tansley
Scenery Designed by DAVID ROCKWELL Costumes Designed by WILLIAM IVEY LONG Lighting Designed by KENNETH POSNER Sound Designed by STEVEN C. KENNEDY Orchestration by HAROLD WHEELER Music Direction by LON HOYT Arrangements by MARC SHAIMAN Music Coordinator: JOHN MILLER NEIL SIMON THEATRE 250 West 52nd Street (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue) (212) 757-8646 or www.ticketmaster.com With eight 2003 Tony Awards under its ample belt, HAIRSPRAY is still one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. Based on the film by John Waters, the setting is Baltimore in 1962. Tracy Turnblad (Kathy Brier, an indefatigable ball of energy with limbs that move in so many directions simultaneously they appear to be made of rubber) is an optimistic, unstoppable teenager with a dream to be on the Corny Collins' TV Dance Show. As she struggles to turn her dreams into reality, she manages to integrate the television show and fall in love along the way. The characters, developed by the always- ahead-of-his-time Waters, are wacky and wonderful with just a tinge of trashy to keep it interesting. The indomitable Harvey Fierstein as Tracy's 300+ pound mom is a scene stealer from beginning to end. Dick Latessa as Tracy's dad is the perfect complement, and their duet of "Timeless To Me" is the musical delight of the evening. Add to that a high-energy performance by Matthew Morrison as Tracy's love obsession and a coming-of-age awakening by her best friend Penny, hilariously portrayed by Jennifer Gambatese, and you're on your way to theatrical bliss. Original songs, big-production dance numbers, costumes true to the 1960's, and hairstyles as high as a Baltimore high-rise guarantee an evening of pure joy.
- Laurie Lawson -
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