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Last Call for “Hairspray”
Most everyone knows the story, whether by way of John Waters or John Travolta, or the really cool kids by way of Divine. It’s toured live on stages everywhere, and was a feature film box office hit. The 1950’s are so in the past, and change is in the (h)air!
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newly found power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen Amber Von Tussle, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and racially integrate a TV network, all without denting her hairdo.
The latest production on stage here in Toronto is presented by the wonderful Lower Ossington Theatre.The cast of dozens are flawless in every way possible, and there’s so much going on front and centre, side stage, and even off stage. The musical numbers are stunning, and much appreciated by the nearly full-house audience.
While it is a joyous couple hours of theatre, it’s also a reflection on a statement of the times – a time when segregation between blacks and whites was the norm. With recent news events about racial tensions in both the United States and Canada, some may wonder how far we’ve actually advanced since the 1960’s.
Often the main characters are noted as the one’s who shine brightest, but honestly each and everyone on stage gives it 100%, and deserve equal accolades. The set, lighting, and costume designers also deserve praise, the theatre itself is a hidden gem in the city.
Put on your dancing shoes, coif your hair, and get ready for a campy evening of entertainment!
ON STAGE UNTIL APRIL 12 AT THE RANDOLPH ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Run time approximate 2hrs and 20 min with intermission.
Get your tickets here
Be sure to check out these upcoming productions presented by the Lower Ossington Theatre as well – Rent – The Musical, Beauty and The Beast Jr, Hey Jude – The Music of the Beatles, and more.
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.