The Best of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hairspray Musical

Hairspray has hit the Melbourne stage and you simply have to see it!

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Hairspray tells the story of dance-loving teenager Tracy Turnblad who has one dream – to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, and she must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!

Based on the 1988 film, Hairspray was adapted into a musical in 2002 and went on to win eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. It has since toured the world several times and has even been re-adapted into another smash hit film in 2007.

This Melbourne production boasts an all-star cast, featuring some of Australia’s most-loved performers. Shane Jacobson has donned a dress, slapped on some make-up and is playing the role of Tracy’s Mum, Edna. Shane’s comedic timing and fantastic vocals really bring this role to life. There is a fantastic chemistry on display between him and Todd McKenny who plays the role of Tracy’s Father, Wilbur. Rob Mills is charismatic in the role of Corny Collins and the villainous Velma Von Tussle is deliciously portrayed by the legend herself, Rhonda Burchmore. Asabi Goodman gives a sassy and also moving performance as Motormouth Maybelle and Carmel Rodriguez is simply incredible in the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, giving an incredibly high energy performance, displaying her amazing talent as a singer and dancer. A definite crowd favourite is Javon King though who plays the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs. Not only does he have an irresistible voice, but his dance moves are so smooth, immediately transporting the audience right back to the swinging 60’s.

The entire cast as whole is brilliant, executing the fantastic choreography with precision and fun. The songs which are so well written are performed by the cast and ensemble with so much gusto, the audience has a hard time staying in their seats.

The show is incredibly well written and expertly directed/designed. The humour is very witty, and the music; fun and very catchy. At its core, the story has a real heart and soul with a powerful message, as relevant today as setting of the musical. The story is one of acceptance and equality as Tracy fights to end the segregation between Caucasian and “coloured people”.

This is a show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and makes for a fun night out with the friends or a great family outing. Playing for only a limited season at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, have you booked your tickets yet?

Written by Michael Kent

Photography: Jeff Busby

Tickets on sale now via: www.hairspraymusical.com.au

​(This show has now finished)