Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tony Award Winner ‘Hairspray’ Opens at Grand Theatre

Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre is hosting a production of “Hairspray” to close out its 2016-17 season. The musical will run May 11 to June 3.

The 1950’s are over and change is in the air! “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly show piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the loveable, plus-size 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. Tracy uses her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and racially integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do.

Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell wrote the original book “Hairspray.” Marc Shaiman wrote the music and also the lyrics, along with Scott Wittman. The Grand Theatre production is under the direction of Jim Christian, with Ken Plain as musical director, Dee Dee Darby-Duffin as assistant musical director and Jessica Merrill as choreographer. Tickets are $8-$22 and are available at

Below are a few more highlights from the Grand Theatre production.