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Hairspray Rocks the Dock for Charleston Stage's 39th Season Opener
8/11/2016 11:47:53 AM

It's time to let your hair down and dance the night away as Charleston Stage "rocks the Dock" with Hairspray, the Broadway musical sensation which inaugurates Charleston Stage's 39th Season. "We wanted something rousing for our 39th Season opener at the Dock Street," says Charleston Stage Founder, Julian Wiles, "and what could be more rousing than the rockin' energy of Hairspray!" Audiences will be swept away to 1960's Baltimore in this international smash-hit musical, piled bouffant-high with love, laughs and sizzling sixties song sensations.

"We're pulling out all the stops," says Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark, who is directing the season opener. "We have a multi-cultural cast of 31 singers and dancers, a live orchestra and, over a dozen pop-art 60's sets, more than 150 costumes and god only knows how many over-the-top bouffant-high wigs!"

The orchestra is lead by Charleston Stage Music Director Sam Henderson. "We have eight incredible musicians lined up for this dynamite score," raves Henderson, "a score that truly captures the authentic 50's/60's rock sounds both instrumentally and vocally!" The production also features choreography by Cara Dolan, who recently choreographed Charleston Stage hit productions of Mary Poppins, The Producers, Catch Me If You Can: The Musical and Young Frankenstein!

This phenomenally fun musical, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical, continues to delight audiences worldwide. The 2007 West End production of Hairspray was nominated for a record-breaking 11 Olivier Awards, nabbing four including the top category of Best New Musical. Hairspray was also made into a feature film in 2007 starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken. And this year, Hairspray Live! will be aired on NBC in December starring Kristen Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell.

In Hairspray, 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 plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in Hairspray! Hairspray is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. It features a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, also known for writing the book for the acclaimed Mel Brooks hit The Producers. Hairspray also features an original score by Academy Award-nominated Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Catch Me If You Can) and lyrics by Marc Shalman and Scott Wittman.

Charleston Stage's original and fully professional production features all eight of this season's Resident Professional Acting Company. Maggie Saunders, a second year Resident Actor who recently starred as Mrs. Lark in last season's Mary Poppins, will play the iconic role of Tracy Turnblad. Madeline Glenn Thomas, another second year Resident Actor who starred as Ulla in Charleston Stage's The Producers, will play Penny. Pen Chance, another second year Resident Actor who you may remember as the Dentist in last season's Little Shop of Horrors, will play Edna Turnblad (yes in drag!). And new to our Resident Professional Acting Company is Sean Michael Kelly playing the heart throb role of Link Larkin. New York Professional Guest Actor Jordan Barrow joins the cast as Seaweed and Charleston Veteran Actor Brian Porter, who you may remember from Charleston Stage roles such as the Emcee in Cabaret and Tony in last season's Shear Madness, will play Wilbur Turnblad. Other Charleston favorites are Letty Clay in the role of Motormouth Maybelle and Lara Allred as "Miss Baltimore Crabs" Velma.

September 7th: "Hairspray." Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan ; Based on the New Line Cinema Film Written and Directed by John Waters; Direction by Marybeth Clark; Assistant Direction by Derek T. Pickens; Musical Direction by Sam Henderson; Choreography by Cara Dolan; Lead Title Sponsor - The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation; Associate Sponsor - Katherine Glenn. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score, Hairspray returns in an all new production to launch Charleston Stage's 39th Season.

Set in the rousing rock'n roll 60's, Hairspray, from the creators of Catch Me If You Can, follows Tracy Turnblad, the incorrigible teen who opens the door wide for big girls and big hair and takes on Baltimore's bullies and bigots with her big heart. With an American Bandstand worthy 60's score, you won't be able to stop the beat as you shake and shimmy to such hits as "Welcome to the Sixties", "Big Blonde and Beautiful" and "You Can't Stop the Beat"! September 7, 9-10, 15-17, 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., and September 11, 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. $30.00 - $67.00 for Adults, $28.00 - $67.00 for Seniors (60+) and $25.00 - $67.00 for Students (Ages 3-25) and Active Military. Tickets available online 24/7 at Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.

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