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.

cgshubow@broadwayworld.com

Photo credits: Charles Shubow

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Charles Shubow Originally from Boston, Charles' first college show was "Barefoot in the Park," he played the role of the telephone repairman. Next came "How to Succeed..." in which he played in the ensemble and then Chairman of the Board. He appeared in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the White Marsh Dinner Theatre as Lazar Wolf. Charles' daughter Britt played one of Tevye's younger daughters. Britt later completed a five year stint in Broadway's "Mamma Mia!" as the Sophie understudy. Charles conducts theatre trips to Broadway shows as the "Shubow Shuttle."



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