Hairspray (London Coliseum) London Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing
About the Show
Michael Ball stars in the award-winning stage musical about dance, love and big hair-dos.
Set in 60s Baltimore, plus-sized Tracy Turnblad has big dreams of starring on her local TV dance show which features the dreamy Corny Collins. When Tracy's audition makes her a local star, she joins a stirring movement which advocates for racial integration on the television show. Olivier Award winner Michael Ball reprises his role as Edna Turnblad.
All the elements are there, in bundles. There is no weak link in the performances either. The show weaves elements of gospel with cabaret, pantomime, musical hall comedy and classic West End show musicality. This runs its own risk of disharmony and entertainment overkill, but it unites those forms, excelling at them all.
It is hard to imagine a show more suited to ushering in a post-pandemic era of lavish crowd-pleasing theatre. Ultimately, you'd have to be a pretty miserable soul not to enjoy this uplifting belter of a musical. It's a little like being force fed vitamins. Truly life-enhancing: great fun but so much more.
For all these splendid performances, the night needs a star in whom we can believe and we get one in Lizzie Bea. She gives us a Tracy Turnblad brimming with charm and wit, artless but bright, vulnerable but determined.