Bring back the time machine to the 1960s, straighten your hair and keep your voice ready to sing because “Hairspray” is coming to the Kimmel Cultural Campus as part of a long Broadway series in Philadelphia.
The musical “Hairspray”, based on the 1988 film by John Waters, will be performed at the Milriam Theater (formerly Merriam Theater) from 17 to 22 May.
We are pleased that hairspray is returning to Philadelphia with its ever-relevant message of inclusiveness, said Matthias Tarnopolski, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. cultural events, we are proud to present a show that reflects our values, as we strive every day to make everyone at the Kimmel Cultural Campus feel wanted and embraced. ”
“Hairspray” is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in Baltimore in the 1960s, when she chose to dance in the most popular TV show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? With songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “Hairspray” won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, with 13 nominations . It had 2,642 performances and closed on January 4, 2009.
The cast in Philadelphia will be led by Andrew Levitt, aka Nina West (from “Drag Race RuPaul’s Drag Race”) as Edna Turnblad, Nicki Metcalfe as Tracy Turnblad and Sandy Lee as Motamaut Mabel. They are joined by Billy Dawson as Corny Collins, Will Savarez as Link Larkin, Emery Henderson as Penny Pingleton, Hamante D. Bruten as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Kelly Albright as Amber von Tasl and Addison Garner as Velma von Tasl.
Christopher Swan plays Wilbur Turnblad, and Calea Leveret plays Little Ines with Caroline Day Ataek, Kelly Barberita, Helen Brittany, Kobe Brown, Tanner Calicut, Shante Clark, Nick Cortazzo, Ryan Evers, Mylley Carly Halle, Carly Hagle , Gabrielle Cairns, Stevie Levarn Jr., Nichel Lewis, Paris Coin Lewis, Brendan Morris, Faith Northcott, Adam Blake Racke, Nadia Rashon, Mika Sovajo, Gabriel Thomas and Emanuel Siesensman as members
“Today we are in a whole new world, and hairspray is even more relevant than it was twenty years ago when it first appeared on the scene. With the renewed, renewed energy of the unforgettable “Nina West” as Edna and a whole new generation of wildly talented children around the world, we can’t wait to once again raise our roofs with dance, joy, music and this glorious, famous, energy-rich mark! ” said director Jack O’Brien.
Choreographer Jerry Mitchell added: “Hairspray has always been about the fact that we all dance together! I welcome this new campaign of amazing #FULLOUT talents who drive the road as we dance across America with a message of inclusion and hope because “You really can’t stop the bit!”. “
Miller Theater on the Kimmel campus (former Merriam Theater), May 17-22
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online atwww.kimmelculturalcampus.org.
Personal ticket sales can be made daily from 10:00 to 18:00 at the box office of the Academy of Music at S. Broad Street, 240. Seewww.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information.