Want to relive the days of bouffant hair, the twist and Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” only with a slightly different take? Then get a ticket for “Hairspray” at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria, Ariz. The show runs from Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets may be ordered online or by calling the box office at (623) 776-8400.
It’s 1962 Baltimore rather than Philadelphia, and “The Corny Collins Show” rather than “Bandstand,” but the bouffant hair on Tracy Turnblad is universally recognizable. A big girl with big hair and a big heart, Tracy follows her dreams and ends up not only singing and dancing on her favorite dance program, but she becomes an agent of social change as well.
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and noting the show’s theme of overcoming bullying and discrimination, ABT has joined forces with Scottsdale-based nonprofit Severson Sisters to make bullying solution workbooks available at the ABT gift shop during the run of the show.
Directing “Hairspray” is Kurtis W. Overby. “At its core, ‘Hairspray’ is about love, family, hope and an unwavering belief in oneself,” he said. “There are so many themes in the show relevant to today’s world, and it fully embraces the mindset that love is what creates a family and overcomes all odds.”
The shows stars Victoria Lynn Socci as Tracy Turnblad, Richard Koons-Wagoner as Edna Turnblad, Sal Pavia as Link, Brittney Mack as Little Inez, Wade Moran as Wilbur Turnblad, Ryan Michael Crimmins as Corny Collins, and Trisha Hart Ditsworth as Penny Pingleton.
To see what these seven actors enjoy the most about starring in “Hairspray” at ABT, click “View 7 photos” below.
For the complete cast listing all 26 performers, visit azbroadway.org.
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