Hairspray The Musical at the London Coliseum – Review


Michael Ball effortlessly brings Hairspray The Musical back to London’s West End with a side offering of panache and glamour. Slipping into Edna’s shoes and dancing around the outlandishly candy-coloured set that pays homage to 1960s Baltimore, this feel-good classic packed with flamboyant characters is enough to get even the most despondent theatregoer off their seats, after what has been an unimaginably trying fifteen months for us all.

It’s hard to deny that Hairspray is a modern musical classic. After a scintillating run on Broadway and the West End in the noughties, an A-list Hollywood film production, and an immensely popular TV representation, critics were waiting to see how director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell could reinvent this timeless classic while dealing with the many stereotypes the show attempts to satirise.

West End, there’s no doubt that Hairspray the musical has delivered an all-singing, all-dancing production that very much ‘reads the room’ of the summer of 2021.

Leaving behind lockdowns and lockouts, we’re ready to return to life as we know and love it. And anyone that has seen O’Brien’s adaptation of Hairspray the musical will attest that this is very much the feel-good show that everyone needs to see.

Book your tickets for Hairspray.

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