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Northwest Missouri State University


Alumni News

Feb. 8, 2010

Hit musical 'Hairspray' comes to Northwest

Hairspray"Hairspray," the hit Broadway musical about a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who claims unlikely fame on a local dance show, is coming to Northwest.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $23-$25 for adults, $13-$15 for children and $8-$10 for students and can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Desk on the first floor of the Administration Building or by calling 660.562.1212.

In "Hairspray," the stage is transformed into 1962 Baltimore, where the '50s are out and change is in the air. Overnight, the city is turned upside down when plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on "The Corny Collins Show," a local TV dance program, and turns herself into an irrepressible teen celebrity.

On her way to becoming a trendsetter in dance and fashion, Tracy works to vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a television show without denting her 'do.

"Hairspray" is based on the 1988 New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. A 2007 remake starred actors John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron.

During a six-year Broadway run that ended in 2009 after more than 2,500 performances, "Hairspray" won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.

For more information, visit the "Hairspray" Web site at www.hairsprayontour.com .