Playhouse presents Hairspray

By Andrew Moore

[singlepic id=303 w=320 h=240 float=right]It’s 1962, the ‘50s are out, and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do’? Only in Hairspray! Welcome to the ‘60s! “Irresistable! If life were everything it should be, it would be more like Hairspray!” –New York Times.

Directed by Resident Company Member Dave Landis (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods), Hairspray stars Resident Company Member Courtney Oliver (Romeo & Juliet, The Full Monty), Guest Artists Ken Zimmerman (The Producers) and Jordan Nichols (Urinetown, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?). The show also features Associate Company Members Hannah Dowdy (Pippin, Narnia), Bryan Robinson (Narnia, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940), and Laura Stracko (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, The Miracle Worker), as well as Whitney Branan (Pippin), David Foster (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, The Santaland Diaries), Carla McDonald (The Light in the Piazza, Jerry Springer: The Opera), and Karlos Nichols (Pippin).

Hairspray runs at the new Playhouse on the Square June 25th – July 25th, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. The new Playhouse on the Square is located at 66 South Cooper Street. For more information, or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or visit our website at


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