Head for the London Coliseum in spring 2020 to find the marvellous Michael Ball reprising his brilliant role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the musical. Tickets are on sale now, and the initial booking is for just 12 weeks, which means there are a limited number of tickets available.
Hairspray enjoyed its world premiere on Broadway in 2002. In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards out of 13 nominations, including one for Best Musical. It ran for 2,642 performances, enjoyed national tours, a West End production, and numerous foreign productions. There was a musical movie adaptation in 2007.
It hit the West End in 2007 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it starred Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad. Directed by Jack O'Brien and starring Mel Smith, Tracie Bennett and Leanne Jones, it proved a record-breaker of a production. It took to the stage at the Shaftesbury theatre during October 2007, a production so good it attracted a whopping 11 Olivier nominations, a record-breaker at the time. It won an Olivier for Best Musical, and another for Best Actor and Actress in a musical for Ball and Jones. It ran for more than a thousand performances and throughout the run the cast occasionally changed to include Brian Conley, Phil Jupitus and Sharon D Clarke. Now Ball is back, and it's going to be magical.
What's the story? The setting is Baltimore in 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl. Her hair is even bigger. But her dream is the biggest of all: to dance her way all the way on to national telly, then straight into the arms of her crush the teen idol Link Larkin. When she wins a part in a local TV show, The Corny Collins Show, she is suddenly flung into stardom, a total surprise. Now she's a local sensation... and she decides to use her fame to fight for integration. Will she achieve equality – and Link’s heart – without damaging her enormous hair do? Come and see!
The music is by Marc Shaiman and the lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. And it's packed to the gills with superb show tunes, some of which you'll probably know even if you've never seen the film or the musical. The gorgeous Good Morning Baltimore, the sensational Big, Blonde and Beautiful, the stunning I Can Hear the Bells and the legendary song You Can't Stop the Beat are yours for the taking.
Who is this show for?
This show is perfect for people aged 13 and upwards.