MICHAEL BALL TO REPRISE HIS OLIVIER AWARD WINNING ROLE AS EDNA TURNBLAD
BIG LAUGHS, BIG TOUR, BIG STAR.....BROADWAY & WEST END SMASH HIT
TO TOUR THE UK & IRELAND THROUGHOUT 2010
The producers of HAIRSPRAY are delighted to announce that the show will embark on its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland next year. HAIRSPRAY will also continue to delight over 10000 people a week in London where the West End production runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Michael Ball, who originated the role of larger than life heroine Edna Turnblad in the London production, will open the tour at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Wednesday 7 April 2010, before dates at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and the Manchester Palace. Further star casting for other venues will be announced shortly. The tour also marks the first stage of a closer working relationship between the star and producers, Stage Entertainment. This will involve developing new work and roles both onstage and in a production capacity for Michael in the future. Plans include a major musical revival in 2011.
Olivier Award winner Michael Ball is Britain's leading musical theatre star and a multi-platinum selling recording artist. With his top rated BBC Radio 2 show, Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch , and his regular concert tours Michael has won critical acclaim and the hearts of a fiercely loyal public. He has starred in productions on both sides of the Atlantic including The Phantom of the Opera , Les Misérables , Aspects of Love , Passion , The Woman in White and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and made his debut with the New York City Opera in 2005 in Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience. Michael has presented a number of his own high profile television shows including his Michael Ball Christmas Special, An Evening With Michael Ball and he is a regular guest presenter of ITV1's This Morning and BBC1's Lottery shows .
Its 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – dancing. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny's show for good AND win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin, all without denting her ‘do? If anyone can, Tracy can!
Commenting on the Hairspray tour Michael said:
“I knew when I originally took on the part of Edna that she was going to be a big part of my life, in every way, but I never realised just how big. Hairspray is truly one of the greatest experiences of my career and the chance to have just a few more nights in those frocks was an opportunity I couldn't miss! With so much on I'm unable to do all dates BUT I promise that we'll have some brilliant performers lined up for our UK tour. Moving forward, to now be working as an Associate Producer with Stage Entertainment developing new shows, new roles and new opportunities in the future is an honour, and something I can't wait to get stuck in to.”
Producer Adam Spiegel added:
“We are over the moon that Michael has agreed to launch the Hairspray tour for us. The show has been a huge success in London, not to mention around the world, and Michael has been a big, big part of the Hairspray story so far. It's doubly exciting that not only do more people around the UK now get to see his gorgeous Edna Turnblad, but we as a company get to work with Michael more closely than ever behind the scenes as we develop new work together.”
The smash hit award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London recouped its entire capitalisation in a record-breaking 29 weeks. The show opened in October 2007 to universal critical acclaim and smash hit business. At the 2008 Olivier Awards, HAIRSPRAY won Best Musical, as well as Best Actor in a Musical for Michael Ball. The show has also won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards, the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice awards, the Critics' Circle Awards and the Variety Club Showbiz Awards.
The musical continues to break all box office records at London's Shaftesbury Theatre and is now booking until October 2010.
Official website www.hairspraythemusical.com
For further information contact Tim Leist or Lewis Jenkins at Stage Entertainment on 020 7025 6970 or [email protected] / [email protected]
2010 UK TOUR SCHEDULE
30 MARCH – 24 APRIL
CARDIFF MILLENIUM CENTRE *
08700 40 2000
27 APRIL – 8 MAY
GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM *
0844 395 4000
11 MAY – 29 MAY
SOUTHAMPTON MAYFLOWER *
1 JUNE – 19 JUNE
WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
01902 42 92 12
22 JUNE – 3 JULY
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
0844 848 2706
13 JULY – 31 JULY
MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE *
0844 847 2275
17 AUGUST – 4 SEPTEMBER
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE
0844 847 2525
*MICHAEL BALL PLAYS THIS VENUE
MORE DATES AND FURTHER STAR CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED
“HAIRSPRAY” is produced in the West End by Stage Entertainment with Margo Lion, The Baruch/Viertel/Routh/Frankel Group and New Line Cinema in association with others from the Broadway producing team.
“HAIRSPRAY” opened at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York in August 2002 to rave reviews and public acclaim. “HAIRSPRAY” subsequently swept the board at the 2003 Tony Awards, winning 8 including ‘Best Musical', the Drama Desk Awards, winning 10 including ‘Best Musical', and the Outer Critics Circle Awards, winning 5 including ‘Best Broadway Musical'. “HAIRSPRAY” also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Musical' and the Drama League Award for ‘Outstanding Musical Production'. The show has also played two hugely successful US tours as well as seasons in Toronto and Las Vegas, and further afield in South Africa, Brazil and Scandinavia.
“HAIRSPRAY” has a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. The musical is based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters. The musical is directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. The scenic design is by David Rockwell, the costumes by William Ivey Long, the lighting by Kenneth Posner and the sound by Steve C. Kennedy. With orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and arrangements by Marc Shaiman, the musical direction is by Lon Hoyt. The West End production of “HAIRSPRAY” is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team.