Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller
Hairspray is back! If you’ve yet to experience this charismatic musical highlighting high school in the sixties, the time is right to head to Village Theatre in Issaquah! Or, if you just want to bask in the glow of the all-familiar musical score once again, here’s your chance.
Having seen this performance over Mother’s Day weekend, it was especially fitting to experience a cast of driven, dynamic moms, each determined to stand up to save the day in her own unique fashion. The mom who stole the show as Edna Turnblad (Tracy’s initially shy and intimidated mother) was performed to the hilt by the amazingly multi-talented Mr. Nick DeSantis.
Gather your teenage daughters and granddaughters, mothers and grandmothers to enjoy this rollicking, feel-good, happy-ending musical together. You’re very likely to find yourself wishing for more while humming and dancing your way out of the theatre.
Hairspray spreads good cheer now through July 1, 2018 at Village Theatre in Issaquah and from July 6-29, 2018 at Everett Performing Arts Center. Tickets here.
About the show (in their own words): This all-new stage production will be bursting with Village Theatre’s unique flair, as Hairspray gives new meaning to BIG entertainment. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of the local heartthrob, and integrate a TV network… .all without denting her ‘do! The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Best Musical teaches us to look past skin color and size in the fight for equal rights.