NETworks Tours recently announced that Hairspray will be returning to the touring circuit starting Fall 2020!
Jack O’Brien, original director of Hairspray, and Jerry Mitchell, original choreographer, recently announced that the show will be touring in the Fall of 2020. The announcement came via a video on social media:
Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchell talk the triumphant return of HAIRSPRAY! National Tour Begins Fall 2020! More information at https://t.co/BeQizgOcrl. #Hairspray #Hairsprayontour @jammyprod pic.twitter.com/dgnPIObP5f
— NETworks on Tour (@NETworksonTour) May 30, 2019
“I can’t tell you how many people say, ‘I wish we could see Hairspray again,'” said O’Brien, who won a Tony Award as the director of the original production. “[It’s] exactly what you need.”
Mitchell agrees: “Hairspray is coming back, and you’ve got to see it. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat.”
Additional information regarding tour stops and casting will be announced at a later date. The Booking Group agency is representing the production.
The original Broadway production, which ran from 2002 to 2009 at the Neil Simon Theatre, won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2003. The touring production lasted from 2003 to 2006, and had stops in most major markets including Baltimore– where the show is set. The show is based on the 1988 film, which was remade in 2007.
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma, and her popular, but vicious, daughter, Amber. With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link, host Corny Collins, and Motormouth Maybelle (the host of ‘Negro Day’), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show. Tony Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.