WHEN: June 3–26, Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 3 PM
WHERE: Playhouse 22 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
TICKETS: $22/adults and $20/seniors and students, and can be purchased online at www.Playhouse22.org or by calling the Box Office at 732.254.3939 and leaving a message.
Hairspray, directed by Ana C. Kalet, with musical direction by Rory Chalcraft and choreography by Megan Fiorentinos, is based on the 1988 cult-classic film with the same name written and directed by John Waters. The musical version was written by New Jersey-native Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.
The show is about pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad in the early 1960s. She has only one desire—to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her new-found power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network.
(Above: Samuel Spare as Link Larkin and Emily Gordanier as Tracy Turnblad)