Directed by Matt Lenz with choreography by Michele Lynch, the acclaimed musical will play the New Jersey venue through Oct. 24.
The cast is led by Christine Danelson (Tracy Turnblad), Lee Roy Reams (Wilbur Turnblad) and Christopher Sieber (Edna Turnblad) with Arielle Campbell (Little Inez), Alex Ellis (Penny), Donna English (Velma Von Tussle), Kasey Marino (Corny Collins), Kevin Meaney (Male Authority Figure), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Amber), Susan Mosher (Female Authority Figure), Constantine Rousouli (Link), Caliaf St. Aubyn (Seaweed) and NaTasha Yvette Williams (Motormouth Mabel).
The ensemble comprises Callan Bergmann, Christopher Brasfield, Iris Burrus, Brittany Conigatti, Willie Dee, Shelese Franklin, Deidre Haren, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Anthony Johnson, Kyshawn K. Lane, Christopher Messina, Nicole Powell, Alex Rolecek, Rashidra Scott, Dani Spieler, Beth Cheryl Tarnow, Laurie Veldheer and Jake Wilson.
"You'll tap your feet to the beat as Tracy Turnblad and friends triumph over high school bullies, racism and enemies everywhere of big girls with big hair," according to Paper Mill Playhouse.
The design team includes set coordinator Michael Allen, costume coordinator Brian Hemesath, lighting designer Paul Miller, sound designer Randy Hansen and hair and wig designer Mark Adam Rampmeyer. Tom Helm serves as music supervisor; the production stage manager is Thomas J. Gates. Hairspray had its world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre on June 12, 2002, before beginning Broadway performances in summer 2002. Hairspray, which opened Aug. 15, 2002, got great reviews and later earned eight Tonys in spring 2003. Hairspray also won the Best Musical awards given by New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle. The colorful '60s-set musical based on the 1988 John Waters film comedy played 31 previews and 2,641 regular performances before closing on Broadway Jan. 4, 2009.
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