Is Tony-Winning Hit Hairspray Returning to the West End?

News   Is Tony-Winning Hit Hairspray Returning to the West End? Mark Goucher, producer of the current new U.K. touring production of Hairpray, is setting his sights on bringing the show to the West End.

The production launched at Leicester's Curve in September 2015 (as reported previously). The cast is led by Tony Maudsley as Edna Turnblad and Freya Sutton as her daughter Tracy, with Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle

 In an interview for the independent theatre website West End Frame, Goucher stated, "I am desperately trying to get the writers [Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman ...and Thomas Meehan] to allow us to bring this new production into London next year. My cast are phenomenal and absolutely deserve to be seen in London. I hope it happens! It's not the original production; it’s directed by Paul Kerryson who has done a brilliant job, choreographed by Drew McOnie who is just fantastic. Obviously this production is a little more economical than the original production – it has to be. I am so proud of the entire company! When I go around the country to see it, night after night everyone stands up and goes nuts. It's amazing! Just talking about it now there is a lump in my throat!"

The production is currently playing at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre through Jan. 2. For full touring dates, visit Hairsprayuktour.com.

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