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Mark Goucher extends touring rights for Hairspray The Musical into 2021

Photo by Darren Bell

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCER Mark Goucher has announced that he has managed to extend his rights to tour Hairspray the Musical, with another tour being booked through 2020/21.

The current tour of Hairspray has taken to date over £10million at the box office with four months of performances still to come. Playing to packed houses, it has been a commercial and critical smash hit.

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Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this much-loved musical comedy is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson.

It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

Hairspray is based on John Waters’ 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.

Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.

Image: By Darren Bell