BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY Concert with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - One for the Ages
Marika Washington was thrilled to be selected to play "Little Inez". She commented, "This is surreal". She began rehearsing in November four times a week and week-ends and was excited and nervous. She was expecting many family members to attend. The 10th grader hopes to attend NYU's Tisch School for the Arts upon graduation.
A nice addition to the evening was a pre-show dance lesson held in the lobby from former HAIRSPRAY Dynamite and Dance Captain of the Broadway show, CJay Philip who now lives in Baltimore. Her new dance company Dance & Bmore gave 60's dance lessons to a dozen random but enthusiastic patrons (including my wife Lisa). As the "new dancers" performed to the music of the show, happy on lookers were cheering their every move. What a great appetizer for the evening's entertainment. For more information, visit www.danceandbmore.com.
After seeing this incredible production, I was curious to compare it with New York's City Center Encores' series which brings back former Broadway shows in a similar setting with the orchestra in the rear on stage and some actors actually reading scripts and performing. I saw a fabulous production of FIORELLO last week. I can see this tradition of semi-Broadway productions with little or no sets becoming a boom to symphony orchestras around the country and I am confident this amazing production of HAIRSPRAY will be performed again.
Photo credits: Charles Shubow
Jack Levy and Paul C. Vogt