Bay Area Musicals has announced the full cast and creative team for the final production of the Company’s 2018-2019 season, the international smash hit HAIRSPRAY, winner of eight Tony Awards including “Best Musical”. Based on the 1988 John Waters film, HAIRSPRAY features music by Mark Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Mark Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan.
HAIRSPRAY runs from July 6 through Aug. 11 and will perform at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St, San Francisco. Regular tickets range from $35 to $65 and can be purchased online at www.bamsf.org/hairspray. Opening Night Fundraiser Tickets (available only for the Saturday, July 6 performance at 8 p.m.) range from $50 to $100 and include dessert and a champagne toast with the cast and can also be purchased online at www.bamsf.org/hairspray.
Bay Area Musicals’ production of HAIRSPRAY will be directed and choreographed by Matthew McCoy, with music direction by Jon Gallo.
“I have been wanting to stage HAIRSPRAY ever since I first saw the show on Broadway,” said McCoy. “I had never before seen a musical packed with so much heart, joy, laughter, exciting choreography and electrifying music. It signified a bright new era for the book musical comedy, and it was clear that the entire audience was having a ball. Now, almost twenty years later, the show has become a beloved classic. And with the specters of prejudice and intolerance increasingly front and center in our politics and news media, the message of HAIRSPRAY is more timely than ever: that all of us can walk together, hand in hand, no matter our size or the color of our skin. The big wigs, bright lights, and flashy dances will all be front and center in our production, with heart and a few tears sprinkled throughout as we look at where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and how far we still must go.”
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network ... all without denting her ‘do.
HAIRSPRAY runs approximately two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
Bay Area Musicals (BAM!) is a professional, non-profit theatre organization dedicated to presenting the highest-caliber of musical theatre in San Francisco. Founded in 2014, the Company strives to stimulate and inspire the San Francisco Bay Area community through high-caliber musical theater ranging from familiar classics to challenging new works; to produce professional musical theater at accessible ticket rates; and to engage the community through performance, outreach, and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.bamsf.org.