EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSH.O.T. Closes Out A 20-Year Run With Tony Award-Winning Musical
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Reported: Jul. 18, 2013 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 19, 2013 9:48 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
In early 1960s Baltimore a teenager named Tracy Turnblad dreams of making it big by becoming a dancer on the all white "Corny Collins Show".
But big is her problem. Tracy doesn't look like the typical tv dancer. And, with segregation alive and well, her efforts to integrate the show is another hurdle she has to overcome.
"I hope everyone gets out of it the message that everyone should be accepted," Jessica Cooper (Tracy Turnblad) said. "That people are made the way they are and they should be loved. And the second thing is that I hope that they have fun. It's a high energy show so it;s a great time."
"Hairspray" came to life as a movie by John Waters in 1988, which was remade in 2007. It's debut on Broadway took place in 2002 and led to eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With a pop soundtrack oozing 1960s tunes, splashy colors, energetic dancing and a spunky heroine, "Hairspray" offers several crowd-pleasing moments.
"It really is a special show to be in," Ryan Hardiman (Corny Collins) said. "It has a great message. A lot of wonderful songs that you leave the theater singing, very infectious music."
One of the musical's most memorable characters is Tracy's mom Edna. Traditionally, the role is played by a man. Levi Kelley says he's dreamed of bringing Edna to life since falling in love with the musical.
"I love this show," Kelley said. "I have been a fan of this show since it came out. I was ten years old, love the musical, love the movies. It's just been a dream to do it."
With this being Huntington Outdoor Theatre's final production, "Hairspray's" director says the musical offers a wonderful way to go out in style.
"All good things must come to an end and this will be a great end to a perfect 20 years," Helen Freeman said. "Hairspray!" So you better come out and see it."
Huntington Outdoor Theatre presents "Hairspray"
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