HAIRSPRAY Begins Performances Tomorrow At The Argyle Theatre In Babylon
Long Island's newest theatrical venue The Argyle Theatre (Mark & Dylan Perlman, Managing Partners and Evan Pappas, Artistic Director) presents the Tony Award winning hit Broadway musical Hairspray with book by Marc O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman at The Argyle Theatre (34 West Main Street, Babylon, Long Island). Performances begin TOMORROW, Thursday, July 12, 2018 for a limited run through Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Under the direction and choreography of Antoinette DiPietropolo, and with music direction by Jonathon Brenner, the principal cast features Jason Simon as Edna, Katy Geraghty as Tracy, John Salvatore as Wilbur, Inga Ballard as Motor Mouth Maybelle, Sam Leicht as Link, Kirby Lunn as Amber, Kelsey Youmans as Velma, Malcolm Franklin as Seaweed, Christina Jackson as Penny, Dustin Maxwell as Corny Collins, and Nya Noemi as Little Inez. Rounding out the cast is Jill Taylor Anthony, Kayla Coleman, Lephate Cunningham, Courtney Fekete, Sean Patrick Grady, Conor McGriffin, Nyasia J. Monroe, Ashley Munzek, Matthew V. Ranaudo, Brandon Riddle, Reagan Roberts, and Chelsea Smith.
Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful group of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration.
In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, out of 13 nominations. It ran for 2,642 performances, and closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray has also had national tours, a West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical.
"Fresh off the success of the first show of our inaugural season, Guys and Dolls (which starred Elizabeth Broadhurst, Todd Buonopane, Spencer Plachy, Melissa Maricich and Robert Anthony Jones), I'm pleased that we are following up with Hairspray and this equally talented cast and creative team," stated Argyle Artistic Director Evan Pappas. "We are beyond excited to bring this new theatre to the Long Island area and create new jobs for the NY theatre community and beyond."
The creative team for Hairspray includes Diggle (scenic design), Kurt Alger (costume and wig design), John Burkland (lighting design), Sam Silva (sound design), and Peggy Samuels (production manager). The Production Stage Manager is Andrea Wales with Barry Marks as Assistant Stage Manager.
Hairspary plays the following performance schedule: July 12 - July 29: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. August 1 - 26: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There is special performance on Wednesday afternoon, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. Please note: There are no Monday or Tuesday performances.
Tickets for Hairspray, NOW ON SALE, are priced from $74 - $79, and may be purchased online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/989977 or by calling (844) 631-LIVE (5483).