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Hairspray (Lowestoft Players’ version)

Hairspray is all about BIG hair and lots of hairspray!

Hairspray is all about BIG hair and lots of hairspray!

Hairspray review of Lowestoft players’ show at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft in June 2017, published in the Lowestoft Journal, 9 June 2017 and also the Eastern Daily Press.

Hairspray is one of those unlikely stories that became a big hit on film and stage. And big is the word.

Lowestoft Players take the tale of oversize love triumphant in the cut-and-thrust of showbiz TV in early 1960s racially segregated USA and give it their special high energy, fun-packed treatment.

Pace never slackens. Songs hit one after the other, with familiar Good Morning Baltimore, Nicest Kids in Town, I Can Hear the Bells and the standout I Know Where I’ve Been keeping everybody’s feet tapping.

Cool choreography, smart direction, verbal and physical gags, rousing singing and a piece of social history with a message make a storming show that never takes itself too seriously.

Bethany Lewis as the large Tracy Turnblad is knockout and supported by a superb cast of characters, cameos, amusing faces, bodies, costumes and quirks that make for a feast of a night out.

 

PS: Only once I’d written and published it did I notice how similar it is to my own review of a different company production of Hairspray in Norwich 2014! Oh well.

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