Hairspray – the Smash Hit Musical : Review

Be transported to Baltimore, 1962 and get swept away with the uplifting energy of Tracy (a pleasantly peculiar and plus-sized teenager played by Rebecca Mendoza) and the rest of the energetic cast in the spectacular Hairspray Musical.

Centered around one girl’s wish to appear on the television talent show and her dream win the title Miss Teenage Hairspray, this inspiring musical will have you tapping your toes along to the big show tunes while hearing all about Tracy’s journey to fight against the racial inequalities that are rife in Baltimore.

Loosely based on real events

Hairspray, whilst being loosely based on real events surrounding segregation on a teen dance show, has an array of fantastic songs and a heart-warming story-line that will move you and capture your heart. You won’t be able to stop smiling. As a slightly overweight teen, Tracy is not oblivious to the injustices of the world and the hurtful comments of her peers and she often finds herself victim to the taunts and mockery of the Committee and other school students.

Strong willed and full of life, Tracey is quick to defend those who society shuns. As an overnight celebrity and having set a hair trend, Tracy uses her newfound friendships and her dreams of inclusion to win the hearts of the cast and change perceptions of racial integration.

Fantastic vocals

The whole cast offer a fantastic vocal performance as well as some spectacular dance moves – the choreography as well as the boundless energy of the cast are remarkable. There is something in this show for everyone to enjoy and comedy most definitely isn’t forgotten about either. It is laced beautifully throughout the show in the form of Edna and Wilbur (Matt Rixon and Norman Pace), Tracy’s parents. With their comic timing, hilarious ad-libbing and buoyant rendition of the song ‘You’re Timeless to Me’ the audience where laughing aloud along with the unlikely duo who created a truly magical moment.

The set and scene changes were creative throughout and were incredibly well presented. The multi-functioning set enabled the cast to be transported from Tracy’s humble home to the jail cell in which she is held and everywhere in between and worked seamlessly.

Where to book

The whole show had me grinning and dancing throughout with the standing ovation being very well deserved – the cast had everyone up, dancing and clapping in their finale and what a way to finish the show. If you want to see this wonderfully entertaining production of Hairspray, it’s on at The Wycombe Swan until Saturday 26th May 2018 before moving on to Cheltnham Everyman on the 29th May. You can book tickets here or find other tour locations here.

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