Many film fans will have seen the movie version. Now, the musical Hairspray is coming to Queen’s Hall stage, as Must Come See Productions (MCSP) presents a two-week run of the Broadway classic, from tomorrow to July 8. Hairspray’s satirical story takes on themes of racial division and social injustice, while entertaining with the music of the 60s: the Motown sound and rhythm and blues. The play is filled with song and dance numbers, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The musical is set in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, where plump and vivacious teenager Tracy Turnblad’s passion for dancing lands her a coveted spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show. Overnight, she becomes a star. Tracy wins hearts and uses her popularity to challenge the status quo.
MCSP’s production of Hairspray features a talented cast and crew, including well-known actress Debra Boucaud-Mason as the incorrigible Velma Von Tussle, TV personality Kearn Samuel as Link Larkin, vocalist Adafih Padmore in the title role of Tracy Turnblad, Keegan Miguel as Edna Turnblad, and Jeremy Callaghan as Harriman Spritzer. Justin Zephyrine and Maurice Rawlins play the roles Seaweed Stubbs and Wilbur Turnblad, respectively. Cacique award winner and co-producer Jessel Murray will conduct the live orchestral/pop/”Motown” band accompaniment and Louis McWilliams will direct. The production team includes costume designer Lyanna Brown, scenic designer Dara Jordan-Brown and Cacique award winning choreographer Adele Bynoe assisted by Jorge Morejón, as well as make-up designer Steven Taylor, lighting designer Knolly Whiskey and sound designer Treldon Thompson. Must Come See Productions, the production arm of the UWI Arts Chorale, is a non-profit organisation, committed to celebrating, encouraging, promoting and nurturing the diverse talents and works of T&T. The group has won a record 14 Cacique awards, including Most Outstanding Musical and Most Outstanding Production. Past successes include: Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, AIDA and 2011’s Peter Pan.