“Welcome to the 60s” once again with Hairspray’s return to the West End, playing at the London Coliseum in 2020. As Tracy aims to diversify the cast of The Corny Collins Show and champion racial inequality, she’s met with strong opposition from older generations. In a musical filled with upbeat songs including “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, follow Tracy and her peers in a musical that discusses racial segregation and political conversations to the upbeat sound of the swinging sixties.
Michael Ball will reprise his performance as Edna Turnblad, starring in the 2007 West End revival, where he played the role until 2009. He then played the role from 2010 to 2011 on a national tour. Ball has starred in numerous West End productions for over 30 years, originating the role of Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables in 1985. In recent years, Ball’s theatre credits include Chess at the London Coliseum and the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre.
Later this year, Michael Ball will play Javert in Les Miserables: All-Star Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre.
Further casting is to be announced.
Set in 1960s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad is a happy-go-lucky teenager who wants to be part of the Corny Collins Show. When opportunity arises to audition, Turnblad heads to the studio to dance for her life. Impressing with her moves, she’s later asked her thoughts on integration and politics, which don’t fit with the network executives. Dancing on the show, Tracy becomes popular in the local community and catches the eye of teenage heartthrob Link Larkin, but will she able to take the crown and impress everyone?
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You can book from 20-Jun-2019 to 19-Jul-2020.
Hairspray was nominated for 11 Olivier Awards in 2008.
"Good Morning Baltimore" – Tracy and Ensemble
"The Nicest Kids in Town" – Corny and Council Members
"Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" – Edna, Tracy, Prudy, Penny, Velma, Amber, and Female Ensemble
"I Can Hear the Bells" – Tracy and Ensemble
"(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" – Velma and Council Members
"The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise)" – Corny, Tracy, and Council Members
"It Takes Two" – Link, Tracy, and Male Ensemble
"Velma's Revenge" – Velma
"Welcome to the 60's" – Tracy, Edna, The Dynamites, Mr. Pinky, and Ensemble
"Run and Tell That!" – Seaweed, Little Inez, and Motormouth Kids
"Big, Blonde and Beautiful" – Motormouth, Little Inez, Tracy, Edna, Wilbur, and Ensemble
"The Big Dollhouse" – Matron, Edna, Velma, Tracy, Amber, Penny, Motormouth, Little Inez, and Female Ensemble
"Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise)" – Tracy
"(You're) Timeless to Me" – Edna and Wilbur
"(You're) Timeless to Me (Reprise)" - Edna and Wilbur
"Without Love" – Tracy, Link, Penny, Seaweed, and Ensemble
"I Know Where I've Been" – Motormouth and Ensemble
"(It's) Hairspray" – Corny and Council Members
"Cooties" – Amber and Council Members
"You Can't Stop the Beat" – Tracy, Link, Penny, Seaweed, Edna, Wilbur, Motormouth, Velma, Amber, and Company
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