Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Grab your can of hairspray and head over to NSMT!
Based on the 1988 screenplay by John Waters, Hairspray is set in Baltimore, 1962, Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do?
Brooke Shapiro plays the loveable and upbeat Tracy with passion, belting out every number she sings. Her contagious and sunny optimism makes you fall in love with her character.
For me, the best performance was by Blake Hammond as Tracy’s mother, Edna. Hammond was funny and helped push the show over the top. Tracy’s father, Wilbur, is played by wonderful Philip Hoffman.
Altamiece Carolyn Cooper is perfectly casted as the sassy Motormouth Maybelle. Her voice is amazing and raises the roof with “Big, Blonde, and Beautiful” and with the powerful “I Know Where I’ve Been.”
This production features lots of terrific performances that fill the stage with electricity.
Everything about Hairspray is terrific! The set, costumes, characters, choreography and singing is all performance perfectly.
Hairspray is fun, lively and light-hearted.
Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes (includes intermission)
HAIRSPRAY now playing at North Shore Music Theatre thru November 11, 2018. Tickets for HAIRSPRAY priced starting from $59 – $84. Kids Save 50%. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.