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Interview: Michael Ball and Lizzie Bea on Hairspray

The hit musical returns to London's West End from 23 April 2020.

With the producers of the multi-award-winning hit musical Hairspray confirming Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace for the cast of the forthcoming London production, Bea and Michael Ball open up about the show’s highly anticipated return to the capital.

Lizzie Bea, who is currently performing on the UK tour of Kinky Boots and has recently returned from Atlanta – where she starred in the debut production of Becoming Nancy – will take on the iconic role of  Tracy Turnblad.

Michael Ball, who received an Olivier Award during the show’s original West End run for his portrayal of Edna Turnblad, will be reprising the role for this limited season.

They will be joined by Marish Wallace, who received rave reviews for her performances in Dreamgirls and has just finished her run in the original West End cast of Waitress. Wallace will star as Motormouth in the forthcoming production.

Producers of the musical also recently announced that due to incredible demand, Hairspray’s run has extended to 18 weeks, opening at the London Coliseum on 23 April 2020.

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Based on John Waters 1998 hit film of the same name, Hairspray takes place in early ’60s Baltimore and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Audiences follow Tracy’s journey as she tries to make it onto the local TV dance show to win the attention of teen heartthrob Link Larkin, whilst bringing everyone together whatever their colour, size or hairdo.

The original West End production of Hairspray ran for nearly 1,000 shows between 2007 and 2010 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The musical received a record-breaking 13 Oliver Award nominations during its run, taking home the award for Best New Musical, and earning Michael Ball and Leanne Jones the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a musical.

The new production sees the return of the musical’s original creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell and will feature the return of the feel-good songs Good Morning Baltimore, You Can’t Stop the Beat and Big Blonde and Beautiful. 

Joyous, fabulous and jam-packed with fun, the uplifting musical Hairspray will return to London’s West End next year for 18 weeks only.

Hairspray will open at the London Coliseum on 23 April 2020.

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