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Hairspray, at Birmingham Hippodrome

LAUGHED - I nearly cried!

LAUGHED - I nearly cried!

Big, bold and bursting with fun, Hairspray bounced on stage and kept the audience enchanted through a medley of toe-tapping tunes including the rousing Good Morning Baltimore and Welcome to the 60s, Mama I’m A Big Girl Now and Without Love.

A packed theatre was enthralled with the story of Tracy Turnblad (the excellent Laurie Scarth) - a big girl with big hair - as she dreams of appearing on the popular teen dance programme, The Corny Collins Show.

Not all hilarity though as the musical carefully confronted the racial segregation in the sixties with stomping song and dance routines from the cast and references to news of the period.

Liam Doyle as Link Larkin set teenage hearts in the theatre aflutter including my 15- year-old but my favourite character was Penny Pingleton (Emma Dukes) Tracy’s geeky friend, who was hilarious.

The curvy Edna Turnblad played by Brian Conley was a comedic joy while Les Dennis was the perfect foil as Edna’s husband Wilbur. Their duet saw the pair in fits of giggles which in turn had the audience in uproar.

The standing ovation at the end of the night was well deserved.

 

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