The West End musical, Hairspray, is to close on 28 March 2010 following a successful two and half year run.
The feel-good musical is based on a John Waters film and is about a plus-sized girl, Tracy Turnblad, who sets out to prove that dancing is for everyone (it’s simply in her soul) and also wants to win the affection of the local heartthrob. It levels the playing ground between all people – showing no matter our color or size, we’re all important.
It opened in London in October 2007 with Michael Ball playing larger-than-life mum Edna Turnblad. The chemistry between the actors explodes off the stage and infects you with good feelings and laughter.
It has played over 1,000 performances to more than one million theatregoers, meanwhile grossing over £50 million and becoming the longest running show at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 40 years. Bravo Hairspray!
Hairspray won four Laurence Olivier Awards in 2008: Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Ball), Best Actress in a Musical (Leanne Jones), Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Tracie Bennett) and Best New Musical. It’s easy to understand why if you’ve seen the show.
Chief executive Bill Taylor of producer Stage Entertainment UK said: “After two and a half wonderful years, many awards and hundreds of thousands of happy Hairspray audience members we have decided to bring the production to a close at the Shaftsbury Theatre on Sunday March 28 prior to a UK tour.”
“Every show, even a big, glorious hit show like this one, has a natural life and for now it’s time for Hairspray to leave London.
“We open a huge national tour in March, featuring some familiar faces, meaning fans of the show, old and new, everywhere will still get the chance to enjoy the Hairspray experience.”
The production will star Brian Conley as Edna Turnblad, Micky Dolenz as Wilbur Turnblad and Chloe Hart as Tracy Turnblad in the final weeks of its production.
Hairspray is produced in the West End by Stage Entertainment with Margo Lion, The Baruch/Viertel/Routh/Frankel Group and New Line Cinema in association with others from the Broadway producing team.
Following the West End closure, Hairspray will embark on a UK tour – the first to open at the Wales Millennium Centre on March 30, 2010, before visiting Glasgow, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Leeds, Manchester, Plymouth, Liverpool, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Birmingham, Bradford and Edinburgh.