Hairspray is heading back to the West End
Hairspray, the smash hit musical, is heading back to the
London stage. I went along to the press launch to find out more.

Hairspray is poised to explode onto the stage of the vast
London Coliseum from April 23rd. This limited 18 week run reunites
Michael Ball with some elaborate costumes and wigs as he steps back into the heels of Edna Turnblad. The Olivier award winner first played the role back in 2007 at the Shaftsbury Theatre and now, 13 years later, Edna is back in town!

Joining Ball is comedy legend Paul Merton. Known for his
sharp wit and improvisational comedy, Merton says he is looking forward to a new challenge, using his comedic skills to extract laughs from every line, lyric and gesture. Those who know the show are already anticipating Merton and Ball’s Timeless to Me, the great comedic number of Act II.

Joining these seasoned performers is Lizzie Bea, making her
west end debut. No stranger to musicals, her rendition of Good Morning Baltimore at the press launch left those watching
wanting more and eager to see her take to the stage of the London’s largest theatre: she will blow the roof off it!

Marisha Wallace, fresh from her stint in Waitress and before that Dreamgirls, will be playing Motormouth
Maybelle. The power in her voice when delivering I know where I’ve been with a simple piano backing was phenomenal –just imagine hearing that song with the backing of a full orchestra. Fortunately,there isn’t too long to wait!

Tickets are already on sale and moving fast. Hairspray is a
rare show, described by producer Adam Spiegel as an ‘explosion of joy’ and ‘magical’. This is not PR talk, he is speaking from the heart and speaking the truth. A real feel good show with a heart and an important messages of acceptance and tolerance. Book now to avoid disappointment.