'Hairspray' opens in Long Beach

LONG BEACH - Musical Theatre West will open its 59th season with the mega-hit "Hairspray," opening Oct. 28 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach."Hairspray," based on the John Waters camp classic film of the same name is the story of big dreams, big girls and big hair. Typical teenager Tracy Turnblad is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show and teen heartthrob Link Larkin. Though rejected at the Corny Collins auditions, Tracy shows off some moves at the Sophomore Hop, where Corny Collins gives her a place on his show. Tracy is soon launched to stardom, and once on the show, changes the face of 1960s Baltimore forever. "Hairspray" opened on Broadway in 2002 and had 2,642 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre. It will be presented in Long Beach until Nov. 13. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, or in person at the Musical Theatre West box office at 4350 E. 7th St. in Long Beach from 12-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

********** Published: October 20, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 27