Hairspray Musical Review Melbourne

by John on November 4, 2010

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Hairspray Musical now showing at the Princess Theatre Spring St Melbourne. Fabulous fun and shockingly vibrant, Hairspray will keep the audience tapping their toes and laughing at the happingings of the Corny Collins Show.

Lucky Melbourne people are getting a double dose of musical magic at the moment, with both Hairspray and Mary Poppins playing in town. Even for those from interstate, having two shows to see at the one time makes a trip to Melbourne so attractive because these shows are among the best ever presented.

This review is for Hairspray, the much loved musical about those heady days of the late fifties and early sixties, when rock and roll was king and you could bop till you drop. If your old enough to remember those days, cast your mind back to the Australian television shows called Bandstand or Johnny O’Keefes “6 O’Clock Rock”, this is the type of television show Hairspray was built on. Hairspray was actually based on an American television series set in Baltimore called The Buddy Deane Show. It’s 1962 and the Corney Collins Show is the centerpiece for Hairspray the Musical.

John Waters Hairspray started life as a movie in 1988. Went into Broadway production in 2002 and was re-done as a movie starring John Travolta in 2007. Once again the popularity of Hairspray has proved to be endless with a successful opening season in Melbourne. Make sure you book early for Hairspray as it packs the theatre to the rafters.

With new star Jaz Flowers playing the role of Tracy Turnblad, the young, vivacious and somewhat curvy lass is breaking her heart to become a member of the Corny Collins Show. With Trevor Ashley playing Edna, Tracy Turnblad’s mother and Scott Irwin as Corny Collins, the production is lively and loud, backed by some of Australia’s best dancers and performers. Grant Piro who stars as Wilbur Turnblad, is well known as the writer and host of the television show “Couch Potato” and also starred in Sons and Daughters back in the nineties. The cast are all fine performers and the colourful costumes fit the times.

The entire cast does the production proud. The music is vibrant, beginning with “Good Morning Baltimore” and continuing through to the finale and all the dancers are brilliant. You really are mesmerized from beginning to end and a standing ovation seems fitting from a very appreciative audience.

Most of us have seen Hairspray the movie at least one or twice. The stage production that is now showing at The Princess Theatre in Spring St Melbourne is fantastic. Don’t hesitate to book for this one. there are plenty of good hotels in the area you can stay the night while in Melbourne, or if you are a local, just go and enjoy the experience. Hairspray is one fabulous night of sound and colour, memories and music. Hairspray is lively, funny, sad and controversial, but above all else it’s pure entertainment!



Ron Tedwater November 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Great work keep it coming

Cassie November 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

How long dose Hairspray go for?

John December 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hairspray ends in Melbourne on the 30th January, 2011. It then goes to Sydney.

Steve B December 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm

What a great night of fun and amazemant at this new era of musicals. Congratulations to all the staff/cast/support people – it was great in all senses of that word. Thank-you. I am so pleased I went to experienceit. I saw it in New York and it was so different – Australia was the best. sb

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