Hairspray announces 2022 cast list and dates for Melbourne

The cutest kids in town will be here from August 2022 when the original Tony Award-winning Broadway production of hair spray opens at the Regent Theatre.

Long-time admired director Jack O’Brien (Charlie and the chocolate factory), and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Naughty boots) will lead a Broadway creative team, with stage and film performer Shane Jacobson as beloved housewife Edna Turnblad, a role he’s long dreamed of playing. He joins Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore and Rob Mills in the cast.

After watching the first music reading workshop in 2001, lead producer John Frost invested heavily to secure the Australian rights and became a co-producer on the Broadway production. “I’m thrilled with the original Broadway version of hair spray finally arrives in Australia. It’s an irresistibly enjoyable and hilarious production for people of all ages,” Frost said.

Set in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, hair spray tells the story of dance-loving teenager Tracy Turnblad with a dream of dancing 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.

The Broadway production of hair spray toured nationally across the United States and a West End production was nominated for a record 11 Olivier Awards. It was also adapted into a film in 2007 starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Zac Efron.

hair spray will be presented at the Regent Theater from August 2022. To join the waiting list for box office announcements, go to the show’s official website.

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