When I heard that the Hairspray UK Tour was coming to the Bristol Hippodrome, I couldn’t wait to see it. I have seen the original film and the remake both of which I really enjoyed, from the big hair to the big songs, the amazing dance routines and even the storyline it all won me over. so I have to admit when I booked to see the it live, I was kind of going in with high hopes that it would be just as good as the films.
For those of you that maybe haven’t seen the film before the story is about a young american girl called Tracy Turnblad, who doesn’t quite fit in to the all american image. Even though she struggles to begin with to fit in to the so called popular group in school, she doesn’t let this stop her trying. Thanks to her persistence, personlity and unique style she is soon spotted by a teen dance show ‘The Corny Collins Show’. Her life quickly changes after signing up with making some new friendships and even a love interest along the way. However Tracy’s effect on people and the world around her doesn’t just stop with the teen show, as she befriends the local black teens and tries to change how things are done by getting the rules changed so they can all dance on the show together.
I was amazed at how well Rebecca Mendoza played her part of Tracy throughout the show. She had her character down to a tea and really portrayed just how fun, cute and full of energy she was making her a really likeable character. Of course thou I couldn’t write about the standout characters in this review without mentioning the Tracy’s wonder and bubbly mother Edna Turnblad played by Max Rixon and her husband Wilbur Turnblad Played by Norman Pace . Some of the greatest laughs thru out the show from the audience were because of these two whether they were together or alone it was hilarious. Not to forgetting to mention when they sung there duet ‘Timeless to me’ I had tears running down my face from laughing so much, it really made the show.
Some of the dances in the show were really amazing to watch, one of the characters who were particular enjoyable to watch were those of Layton Williams who played Seaweed. He not only had some good moves, even a few flips but also had a fantastic voice too. There are some huge song numbers thru out the show, all of which were amazing to watch however one that stood out in particular and proceeded to get a standing ovation was Motormouth Maybelle played by Brenda Edwards version of ‘I know where I’ve been’. Her vocals were incredible and in such a large room with so many people it carried so well.
Overall the Hairspray UK tour far exceeded any expectations I had for the show. I was worried that with such high hopes having seen the films, that I might be disappointed but I needn’t of worried. The show had me smiling and laughing from beginning to end and just when you thought it was over at the end they all sang the classic Hairspray song ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ and encouraged all the audience to get involved and dance. It was the perfect finish to a wonderful show and fun evening.
If you would like to see the show for yourself which I highly recommend doing, The Hairspray UK tour will be running at the Bristol Hippodrome until 10th March 2018 . To find out more and Purchase tickets click here.
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. However as always all opinions and views expressed are honest and that of my own.