Theatre Under The Stars Debuts 43rd Season With ‘Hairspray’

September 14, 2010

Theatre Under The Stars will kick off its 43rd season of musical theatre with the debut of "Hairspray" Oct. 5-17.

Theatre Under The Stars will open its 43rd season of musical theatre with the debut of “Hairspray” Oct. 5-17 at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in downtown Houston.

This new classic features such musical numbers as “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Good Morning, Baltimore.”

Hairspray, which opened on Broadway in 2002 and ran until 2009, takes place in 1962 Baltimore, where the dreams of a teenage girl play themselves out in equal parts social commentary and dance numbers. Made all the more popular by the recent film starring John Travolta and Zac Efron, this is a show for the entire family.

The 1950s are out and Baltimore is ready for change as teenager Tracy Turnblad pursues her life-long dream to dance on “The Corny Collins Show.”  When her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arrives, she grooves her way from outsider to instant teen celebrity.

“Hairspray” is based on the original New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant in the development of the Broadway show. It features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, an original score by five-time Academy Award-nominated and Tony award winner Marc Shaiman (who won a Grammy for his work on Hairspray) and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The musical’s original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.

Tickets starting at $24 are available online at, by phone at 713-558-TUTS (8887) or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office at 800 Bagby in downtown Houston.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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