A very short review of Hairspray.

Hairspray – Theatre Royal Plymouth

The tour of Hairspray is the kind of show I’ve seen crop up on theatrical programmes for years but never taken much of an interest in. I was under the impression that I didn’t like musicals, so wasn’t willing to part with any cash to see one on stage. However, being a big fan of the John Waters film version of Hairspray, I thought I’d give this one a shot. I’m so glad I did! It keeps the kitsch strangeness of John Waters’ world but makes it even more fun. The singing was incredible. In the auditorium I was sat next to a mother and daughter. During Motormouth Maybelle’s big number the mother actually exclaimed aloud ‘oh wow! Wow! Amazing singing! You’re so good!’. Which was both true and adorable. The dancers were great too, every back flip or jump eliciting audible gasps. One thing I will say though is that I never usually feel too conspicuous seeing plays alone. I tend to go for dramas and there’s usually a few other solo viewers. A musical as fun as Hairspray really felt like something to be enjoyed as a group, maybe with a few drinks. I still had fun, but for my next foray into the world of musicals I’ll try to bring along a pal (I do have some, I swear).

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