Tuesday, 10 April 2018

REVIEW: Hairspray at MK Theatre

Hairspray – The smash hit musical arrives
in Milton Keynes this week

An ultimate feel-good musical that everybody will love! We went to see the show last night at MK theatre and having not seen the show before or being too aware of the story, I admit that we were expecting something a tad cheesy. It was totally cheesy - in a brilliantly fun, colourful, great music, great acting and dancing kind of way!

The story follows Tracy Turnblad, an overweight not-so-popular teenager in 1960’s Baltimore. She’s completely obsessed with the Corny Collins Show and seeks to get a spot as one of the show’s ‘Miss Hairspray’ girls. In a time where segregation was the norm between different races and religions, Tracy takes on the media and the public’s expectations to forefront a campaign for ‘Integration Not Segregation’. Things needed to change and no more would the black community be separated from the white community and everybody would be able to dance and sing together!

Tracy, played by Rebecca Mendoza, is a very likable character and Rebecca’s performance was outstanding. This was her professional debut and I thought she was fantastic. The same goes for the entire cast, ensemble and musicians. There were some very melodic and powerful voices among them and Brenda Edward’s (Motormouth Maybelle) solo was particularly spine-tingling. An excellent performance and break dancing routines from Layton Williams as well – we interviewed him for April’s magazine so it’s always great to check out their performance on the night.

The stage set was quite simple with a few backdrop changes and some props and costume changes, but with all the bright colours and terrific dance routines and hair bigger than you can imagine, it all worked really well. We left humming the tune to You Can’t Stop The Beat and proceeded to talk about the show all the way home.

Go to www.atgtickets.com for tickets – the show is at MK Theatre until Saturday 14th April

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