Musical Review: ‘Hairspray’ is entertaining at Detroit’s Fisher Theater

"You Can't Stop the Beat" by the cast of HAIRSPRAY. Photo by Chris Bennion and Jeremy Daniel.

Detroit — “Hairspray,” the Broadway musical, is now playing at the Fisher Theater in Detroit from January 18-30, 2022.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, “Hairspray” is based on the 1988 film directed, written and produced by John Waters.  Tracy Turnblad, played by Niki Metcalf, is a pleasantly plump 16-year-old teenager, who auditions for a spot on a local TV dance show called “The Corny Collins Show.”  She gets the part as a teen regular and becomes an overnight celebrity much to her mother’s dismay.  This, of course angers the reigning queen, Amber Von Tussle, played by Kaelee Albritton, and her mother Velma, played by Addison Garner.

Turnblad rallies against racial segregation when she decides that it isn’t right that black kids can only dance on the show once a month on Negro day.  She gathers her black friends to protest and tries to integrate the Show.

There were numerous hit songs during the performance such as “Good Morning Baltimore”, “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now,” “It Takes Two” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”  The show was totally entertaining, cheerful and refreshingly energetic. There was a 20-minute intermission between the two Acts.

Performance times for “Hairspray” at the Fisher Theater, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd, in Detroit are:
Tuesday through Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Open captioned performance on Sunday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.

All Fisher Theater patrons must present proof of negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (Second dose at least 14 days prior to the event) with government ID for entry.  Everyone will be required to wear a mask while inside the theater regardless of one’s vaccination status.

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–Video by Broadway in Detroit

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