UK Hairspray Tour Eyes West End Return
London may soon be welcoming back the nicest kids in town as a Tony and Olivier Award winning musical currently making its way around the United Kingdom is eyeing a return to the West End stage. If all works out as hoped, the West End better be ready to check out the new girl in town. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that the current tour of Hairspray in the United Kingdom is eyeing a return to the West End!
Producer Mark Goucher has revealed his desire for the current United Kingdom tour of Hairspray to return to London’s West End in 2016. Goucher in a statement mentioned he is “desperately trying” to get approval from the Hairspray team to land the production in London next season. He mentions that while the tour is “obviously a little more economical than the original production”, it could see a prolonged run in London if the correct theatre could be found. Currently, the tour is playing the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and is booked to play various theaters around the United Kingdom through May 2016.
The cast of the current UK tour includes Tony Maudsley as Edna Turnblad, Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle, Freya Sutton as Tracy Turnblad, Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins, Dex Lee as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud as Amber, Monique Young as Penny, Karis Jack as Little Inez, Adam Price as Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn as Female Authority Figure and Layton Williams as Duane.
In a statement while talking about a hopeful West End run, Goucher expressed how his production has won over audiences around the country night after night saying;
“I am so proud of the entire company! When I go around the country to see it, night after night everyone stands up and goes nuts. It’s amazing! Just talking about it now there is a lump in my throat! I’m so glad I’ve finally got my hands on it!”
Hairspray made its West End debut in October 2007 at the Shaftesbury Theatre (Pictured Left). The original Broadway creative team including director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell reunited for the London production. The show set a record being nominated for 11 Olivier Awards. It went on to win four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. The production closed in March 2010 after running for over two years and playing over 1,000 performances.
Luner Lowdown: Hairspray. If one asked me to describe a perfect musical to them, this one would be on the list. Hairspray won over the theatre world and audiences when it exploded onto Broadway in 2002 and went on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The show ran on Broadway for over 6 years playing over 2,600 performances. I remember being incredibly disappointed such a wonderful show would leave Broadway not sure of when it would return. Hairspray is, in fact, one of those shows that always feels fresh and with you, even if it’s not currently in New York. I’m thrilled UK audiences have had the chance to experience this new tour and would love to see the show, if approved by the team, bow in London for a brief return. It’s a wonderful musical, filled with catchy music, dynamite choreography and a story that could find relevance in our world today as many nations face race and culture questions in a world torn apart.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Hairspray’s potential return to London’s West End! We sure hope London audiences will have a chance to check out this exciting new touring production audiences seem to be loving! Even if the show does not decide to bow in London, we’ll keep you updated! For more information, visit Hairspray’s UK Tour Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!