Big hair, big fun at Lyric Arts’ ‘Hairspray’

Up for some laughs? Then head to Lyric Arts’ production of “Hairspray.”

Lisa Rose Hanson is Tracy Turnblad and Christopher Teipner is Edna Turnblad in Lyric Arts’ current production of the hilarious musical “Hairspray.” Photo submitted

Lisa Rose Hanson is Tracy Turnblad and Christopher Teipner is Edna Turnblad in Lyric Arts’ current production of the hilarious musical “Hairspray.” Photo submitted

Based on the 1988 John Waters film and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, the show’s original Broadway production walked away with eight Tony Awards in 2003, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Music for the show was written by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

“It is one of the most successful musicals of the last 20 years,” said director Scott Ford, a resident director at Lyric Arts.

This is Ford’s second directing gig at Lyric Arts. He directed the slapstick comedy “Noises Off” last fall at the theater.

“Hairspray” centers on Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Her utmost desire is to dance in the “Corny Collins Show,” the hottest 1960s dance TV program in Baltimore. Tracy is surprised when she becomes an instant celebrity, single-handedly dethrones the reigning princess, integrates the program and finds true love.

Among rockin’ songs in the production are “Good Morning, Baltimore,” “Without Love” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”

Ford has directed several shows at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where he is a theater instructor.

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage presents “Hairspray,” through Aug. 4. Directed by Scott Ford. Tickets $16-$26. The theater is located at 420 East Main St., Anoka. For more information visit www.lyricarts.org or call the box office at 763-422-1838.

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