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You Can’t Stop The Beat! Hairspray swings into action at New Wimbledon Theatre.

| Comedy, Music, Theatre, Things to do | 06/11/2015

Eight years ago, I travelled to London to see my first musical. Having seen Hairspray on the big screen that same year, I was more than excited, and the stage did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations in terms of how much I loved the film. My crush on Zac Efron (and let’s face it, a pre-mental Amanda Bynes) spurred on my love of the songs and choreography in the film, and the theatre production was even finer. Michael Ball was magnificent as Edna Turnblad, and the overall comic timing and structure of the production was amazing.

I was thrilled to learn Hairspray was on stage again, at jumped at the chance of reviewing it. I was not disappointed. I left the theatre remembering how much I loved everything about Hairspray, one of my favourite musicals. It’s almost impossible to finish the night without a smile on your face. The opening night received a standing ovation, not to my surprise.

Brenda Edwards stuns as Motormouth Maybelle, alongside a brilliant Tony Maudsley as Edna.

I found Claire Sweeney a bit too ‘nice’ for the role of Velma Von Tussle, perhaps because Michelle Pfeiffer was so well-suited to the role back in 2007.

Dex Lee’s notable performance as Seaweed blew me away, his rendition of ‘Run And Tell That’ a personal highlight for myself.

The cast did a great job of supporting each other, moving around the busy set with swift hops and leaps, brilliantly arranged around the fabulous set design.

The choreography is phenomenal, from watching awkward Penny Pingleton (Monique Young) stumble through every routine until the final number, to Little Inez (Karis Jack) owning every scene with her smooth moves.

I couldn’t urge you to go and see Hairspray any more, you’re guaranteed to have the night of your life!

Currently on a UK tour until May 2016, Hairspray is at New Wimbledon Theatre from Monday 2nd November – Saturday 7th November.


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