Reviewed by Tracey Stoker
As a big Hairspray fan, I was really looking forward to seeing this musical theatre production and boy, it didn’t disappoint. It is bubbly, full of catchy songs, amazing dance moves and vibrant costumes. It’s every bit as good as the movie. Before long, you will be tapping your feet and singing along.
First, a little bit about the theatre. I’ve never been to Sheffield Lyceum before but it was very easy to find by car. There is also a train station nearby. The is a ‘Q’ car park within walking distance and if you ask at the theatre reception, you can pick up a ticket to get discount off you parking. Lots of easy accessible toilets and spacious bars with plenty of staff on. There were members of staff outside the theatre to check your tickets and help with any queries you may have. I was very impressed with it and would definitely come again.
Now back to Hairspray. You find yourself in Baltimore and its 1962. The show opens in Tracey Turnblad’s bedroom. Tracey, a curvy teenager has one dream only and that is to become a dancer in the ‘Corey Collin’s TV show’ and nothing or no one is going to stop her! Definitely not the beautiful and slim Amber Von Tussle, or her over powdering mother, Velma Von Tussle. Velma is the producer of the ‘Corey Collins’ show and doesn’t want someone like Tracey on it. But against all odds, Tracey secures her role on the show, as a dancer. And then, Tracey fights for what she believes in. The integration of black and white dancers together on the show.
Rebecca Mendoza who plays Tracey is amazing. She made the iconic role her own. Her comic timing made you laugh with her and feel for her all at the same time. You were willing her teenage crush ‘Link ‘to notice and fall in love with her.
Matt Rixon (Edna Turnbald) and Norman Pace (Wilbur Turnbald) are a fantastic double act with their outrageous routines. They had the audience in stitches. Brenda Edwards (Motormouth Maybelle) has the most powerful singing voice. Her singing ‘Big, Blonde and Beautiful was show stopping. All of the main cast were superb.
We were left open mouthed when Seaweed (Layton Williams) backflipped across the stage. The whole audience gasped in amazement. His dance skills were just incredible. What an amazing dancer!
Then on came the song, we were all waiting for. ‘You can’t stop the beat’. The place went wild. People were cheering and screaming. Then they were up on their feet. What a brilliant ending to a fantastic show. Would I go see this again, you try and stop me!
Tickets cost from £32 to £44 (booking fees may apply).
Hairspray is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 29 January to 3 February 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000