Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Hairspray" Opens Tomorrow At Seattle Musical Theatre At Magnuson Park

The popular 60’s musical Hairspray, opens at the Seattle Musical Theatre in Magnuson Park tomorrow and runs through December 11th.

Here is some information Janet, the executive dirctor sent us:
The show opens in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962 with Tracy, dreaming of fame, love and her desire to dance on The Corny Collins show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes an overnight celebrity and her dreams morph into something bigger – integrating the show. But society - led by the devious Amber Von Tussle and her racist stage mother, Velma – would dash those dreams, just as they would the dreams of all the “colored folk” across town. But fortunately, local heartthrob and TV dance show host, Link Larkin, along with beauty salon owner Motormouth Maybelle and her dancing kids, Seaweed and Little Inez, help Tracy create a new reality.

While Hairspray is hilarious, it is the issues surrounding segregation that are at the core of the story.  The Hairspray team profoundly address the discrimination of the time by exposing the ludicrousness of the concept “that we can live separately from one another”. Tracy simplifies it best when she says; “I just think it’s stupid we can’t all dance together”.

The 1988 film featured Ricki Lake and the impressive Devine as Tracy’s Mom, Edna. The 2002 stage version had its original try out at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, with Harvey Fierstein in the Edna role, and a pre Glee Mathew Morrison as Link Larkin. Hairspray went on to be a huge Broadway hit, winning 8 Tony Awards. After its Broadway success, a new movie version in 2007 had John Travolta (Edna), James Marsden (Corny Collins), Michelle Pfeiffer (Velma) and Queen Latifah (Motormouth) winning the widely sought after roles and leading a cast of other pop culture favorites.

Prepare yourself for some of the craziest dancing and biggest hair ever seen at Seattle Musical Theatre.
Hairspray plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm with no performances Thanksgiving weekend.  There will be one Thursday night performance on December 8th.

Seattle Musical Theatre (formerly Civic Light Opera) is located in Magnuson Park, at 7120 62nd Avenue NE.  Parking is free.

Tickets are $40  for general admisson and $35 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 206-363-2809.

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