I have already posted about the 2007 musical movie of Hairspray on this site here, and lately my sister told me that a show is now playing in the Eastern States of Australia. So I checked it out to find that the final show at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia, will be in September 2012, but the shows in Melbourne close tomorrow apparently. Not surprisingly, I can’t find a mention of the show coming to Perth, Western Australia, where I live. Perth is a fairly isolated capital city, but I think it is a great place to live (and I have been here since I was a baby).
Perth is often over-looked for famous visitors, celebrities or shows. On the good side, David Attenborough decided to have a Life on Earth show in Perth in August 2012, but all tickets were snapped up on the day ticket sales opened, on 18 June 2012!! Then I found out, to my dismay, that “scalpers” are selling tickets way above the top asking price by Ticketek, on eBay. I wish that only people whom genuinely want to see a Show buy tickets, not those who just want to re-sell them for a profit.
Tthe Hairspray show’s producers are Paul Dainty (Dainty Consolidated Entertainment) and Joel Pearlman (Roadshow Live). DCE produced the original Mamma Mia! in Australia a decade ago and have the recent smash hit Jersey Boys about to transfer to Sydney after a record-breaking Melbourne season. Roadshow Live brought the film version of Hairspray to Australian audiences in 2007, where it was seen by about two million patrons, while the subsequent dvd sales have reached impressive sales of 300,000 copies.
Anyhow, here is the link to the Paramount site about the Australian production of Hairspray this year, showing events in Sydney and Melbourne.
There is another version of the stage show playing in Adelaide, South Australia until 28 July 2012.
Follow this link for Adealide shows: http://www.weekendnotes.com/hairspray-the-musical/
Furthermore, there is a production playing in Wellington, New Zealand, in August 2012. See here for more information.
Here is some information about the cast of the Sydney/Melbourne musical, as the Paramount site doesn’t give much info abut the Cast.
The closest I can personally get to watching any of the Australian Hairspray Musical is watching the small videos on the Ticketmaster page below, which says:
HAIRSPRAY, the most critically acclaimed Broadway musical to open in Australia in recent times will play at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, Star City for a limited season from 11 June, 2011.
The Lyric Theatre is a long way away from me, but – the Beat still goes on !