Friday, June 24, 2011

Hairspray: The Musical

Last night I was lucky enough, thanks to the Roxy, Maz and the gorgeous girls at Sweaty Betty PR  & Schwarzkopf, to go to the opening night for Hairspray. What an incredible night it was!

Arriving at Star City casino the first thing I was greeting with, was the incredible pink carpet (which matched my skirt perfectly). Bubbles hung in the air and the girls on the pink carpet greeted guests with a spritz (ok, maybe more like a can) of Schwarzkopf Taft hairspray to secure their Do.

Once inside the Lyric Theater foyer I spotted many a beehive and it was great to see guests tying the 60s vibe into their outfits. Whether it be make up, hair or a full blown costume, it certainly made for a great start to the evening. 

Arriving at my seat to find a Lolly Bag from the Sweaty Betty girls just made this fantastic night even better. Coke bottles, bananas, pineapples, licorice all sorts and jersey caramels filled the bag. I was one happy guest and that was before the show had even begun.

Hairspray is set in 1962 in Baltimore, where segregation rules, but amongst the TV perfect Amber von Tussle's (Renee Armstrong) of the city, lies Tracy Turnblad, who has big dreams and even bigger hair.

The show's opening number "Good Morning Baltimore" is punchy and introduces us to Tracy, her big voice and her big ideas. Jaz Flowers is fantastic in the role of Tracy, you'd never know it was only her third professional role and her first lead role in a professional musical. Trevor Ashley and Grant Piro do a fantastic job as Edna and Wilbur Turnblad and their duet "Timeless to Me" is a treat. Particularly last night when the pair had a little moment of laughter and couldn't quite get it together which made it all the more hilarious and endearing. They interacted with the audience and you just could not help but love their characters even more.

Tracy's best friend Penny Pingleton (Esther Hannaford) is hilarious throughout and her brilliant voice, showcased in the second half, is a surprise from the slightly dorky, awkward character she is in the first act. The show's final number "You can't stop the beat" is vibrant, full of energy and a spectacular piece. The '60s costumes are stunning along with the stylised '60s set. The choreography hits all the right notes with a few tricks thrown in the mix and each and ever cast member is full of talent and energy, genuinely looking like they are loving every moment.

Hairspray is a must see. This brilliant show packs a punch all the while warming your heart. 

Thanks again to Roxy, Maz and the girls at Sweaty Betty PR. Fabulous show, brilliant seats and an all around wonderful night! PS. Coke bottles are my favourite, how did you know?

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