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Hairspray tells the story of geeky teen Tracy Turnblad - a big girl with a big heart, big dreams, a big stage mother and even bigger hair - who finds celebrity on TV dance programme. Can Tracy get the guy and still have time to change the world?
19 August 2010
The Liverpool Empire has a sure-fire hit on its hands with a high energy production of the witty hit show Hairspray.
Local stars were out on the red carpet for a special Gala performance on Wednesday with Faith Brown, Pauline Daniels, Stan Boardman and stars of Hollyoaks and local footballers in the audience.
But the real stars were those on stage in this exuberant song and dance extravaganza where young teens stake their claim in overturning segregation of negroes in 1960s Baltimore, USA.
Michael Starke as the rumbustuous Edna Turnblad, the unhappy housewife turned diva, is a star turn with a superb American twang and over-the-top curvaceous characterisation. A much under-appreciated scouse asset he struts his stuff as though he was born to wear a dress and high heels!
Les Dennis, playing husband Wilbur Turnblad, usually a great crowd-pleaser, has a lesser role but comes into his own when the two do a hilarious duet singing ‘Timeless to Me...
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Michael Ball (Edna Turnblad - Glasgow/Southampton/Manchester/Cardiff)
Brian Conley (Edna Turnblad - some dates)
Phill Jupitus (Edna Turnblad - some dates - Liverpool)
Les Dennis (Wilbur Turnblad - some dates - Liverpool)
Sandra Marvin (Motormouth Maybelle)
Gillian Kirkpatrick (Velma Von Tussle)
Wayne Robinson (Seaweed)
Emma Dukes (Penny Pingleton)
Clare Halse (Amber Von Tussle)
Seliza Sebastian (Little Inez)
Michael Starke (Edna Turnblad - some dates)
Danny Bayne (Corny Collins)
Liam Doyle (Link Larkin)
Laurie Scarth (Tracy Turnblad)
Emily Luke Taylor
Mark O'Donnell (Book)
Thomas Meehan (Book)
Marc Shaiman (Music)
Scott Whitman (Lyrics)
Marc Shaiman (Lyrics)
Stage Entertainment (Producer)
Michael Ball (associate producer) (Producer)
Jack O'Brien (Director)
Jerry Mitchell (Choreographer)
David Rockwell (Design)
William Ivey Long (Costume)
Kenneth Posner (Lighting)
Steve C. Kennedy (Sound)
Harold Wheeler (orchestration) (Music)
Marc Shaiman (music arrangement) (Music)
Lon Hoyt (Musical Director)