HAIRSPRAY the Musical

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July 21, 2018




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This local youth performance is the culmination of their summer intensive theatre education program, performed LIVE, on stage at the Hawaii Theatre, under the instruction and direction of J.P. Tai and the talented drama education professionals at the Pacific Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA).

Student Matinee performances on July 25 and 26 are geared toward school groups, and make for excellent field trips.

Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful group of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show’s integration.

In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, out of 13 nominations. It ran for 2,642 performances, and closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray has also had national tours, a West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical.

HTC Youth in the Arts Education Programs are funded by the generous support of​:​

​Anonymous, ABC Stores, The Bretzlaff Foundation, Charity Walk, Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, Marilyn and Steven Katzman, Macy’s, McInerny Foundation, G.N. Wilcox Trust, and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature for the State of Hawaii, or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

All ages permitted, but every child must have a ticket issued.