Hairspray’s UK tour features a diverse cast that will ignite crowds and will make its fourth stop in the United Kingdom. This iteration of the UK tour will feature Matt Rixon as Edna Turnblad. Rixon is the key to the show’s success, with his major performances including: Merlin, Cinderella and Aladdin.
Norman Pace will play alongside Rixon as Wilbur Turnblad. Pace is a household name who is known more for his comedic performances than his acting performances. Pace is part of the Hale & Pace duo, and has a wealth of television experience that he has honed to bring his own portrayal of Wilbur to the stage.
Edward Chitticks has played roles in Ensemble and Mamma Mia and is a newcomer to the stage. He plays the show’s heartthrob Link Larkin.
Rebecca Mendoza will play the role of Tracy Turnblad. She is playing her first major role in Hairspray, but the crowd will quickly realize that Mendoza’s training has made her comfortable on stage.
Layton Willians plays Seaweed and has been on stage since the age of 12. He has been in several performances, but he is best known for his part in Thriller Live. He played the role of a young Michael Jackson in the performance.
The 1988 film’s rendition of the film is portrayed on stage with the same 1960s dance and music that has led millions of people across the world to see the production. The United Kingdom’s first Hairspray production was a West End production held at Shaftsbury Theatre.
Hairspray was a major success at the theater, surpassing the 1,000-show mark and being performed for two and a half years before the original production stopped.
Tracy’s journey takes the stage, with the hair and big girl dream of making it to television. The show features Tracy as she tries to dance her way into television, first becoming a star in her home town before falling for the local heartthrob Link Larkin.
Baltimore 1962 is where Tracy starts her transition to fame, with the stage bringing viewers back to a time where hairspray, muscle cars and small-town dreams filled the landscape. Tracy’s determination and fight for fame lands her into a whirlwind of a life where her hard work leads to a life that once seemed unimaginable.
The entire night is filled with singing, dancing and laughter.
The cast’s singing and dancing includes choreography by Drew McOnie.
Paul Kerryson directs the show, while the lyrics and music are from Marc Shaiman.