We went to see Hairspray at the Liverpool Empire and loved it!
You literally won’t be able to stop the beat, or your feet this week at the Liverpool Empire as Hairspray returns with an all star cast and one of the best productions of the show we have ever seen.
Having entertained big, bold and beautiful audiences across the country since opening last summer, the hugely acclaimed production of Hairspray has arrived at the Liverpool Empire and is here until Saturday 21st April.
Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this much-loved musical comedy currently stars ITV comedy legend Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Layton Williams as Seaweed. Matt Rixon returns to the role of Edna Turnblad and newcomer Rebecca Mendoza makes her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.
Rebecca is a Merseyside girl and attended Hoylake School of Dance before training professional at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
The current cast also includes; Gina Murray, Jon Tsouras, Edward Chitticks, Aimee Moore, Annalise Liard-Bailey, Graham MacDuff, Tracey Penn, Monifa James, Emily Mae, Melissa Nettleford, Lauren Concannon, Lindsay Atherton, Gemma Lawson, Rosie O’Hare, Daniel Clift, Ben Darcy, George Hinson, Jordan Laviniere, Reece Richards, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Shay Barclay, James Revell, Amana Jones and Lindsay McAllister.
Choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson.
It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.
Book your tickets now for Hairspray at the Liverpool Empire and experience the Baltimore magic for yourself, it’s here until Saturday 21st April, tickets available here.