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Hairspray Cast Announced!

Hairspray will open in Melbourne this coming October.

In Hairspray it’s 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 – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.

Hairspray first opened on Broadway in July 2002, and played for a fabulous 6 and 1/2 years until January 2009. It is a fantastically fun musical and winner of 30 major awards including: Tony Award for Best Musical (2003), Tony Award for Best Original Score (2003), Olivier Award for Best New Musical (2008) and a Grammy Award for Best Show Album (2002).

The Australian production will be directed by David Atkins, choreographed by Jason Coleman and performed by an amazingly talented cast.

Jaz Flowers will play Tracey Turnblad, with SYTYCD‘s Jack Chambers as Link Larkin, joined by
Trevor Ashley as Edna Turnblad, Grant Piro as Wilbur Turnblad, Marney McQueen as Velma vonTussle and Scott Irwin as Corny Collins. Cle Morgan will play Motormouth Maybelle  and Nancy Denis will delight as Little Inez.

Photo: Belinda Strodder



  1. Billy

    Jul 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The Cast of HAIRSPRAY will include Jaz Flowers as Tracy Turnblad, Trevor Ashley as Edna Turnblad, Esther Hannaford as Penny Pingleton, Sean Parkins as Seaweed, Renee Armstrong as Amber Von Tussle, Grant Prio as Wilbur Turnblad, Marney McQueen as Velma Von Tussle, Jack Chambers as Link Larkin, Nancy Denis as Inez, Scott Irwin as Corny Collins, Cle Morgan as Motormouth Maybelle, Anton Berezin as Male Authority Figure & Melanie Hawkins as Female Authority Figure.

    The HAIRSPRAY ensemble comprises Tasheka Coe (Dynamite), Turanga Merito (Duane), Patrice Tipoki (Dynamite), David Denis (Gilbert), Yolanda Burke (Dynamite), Jeffrey Richardson (Thad), Sandy Kerr (Lorraine), Rob Mills (Brad), Lucy Durack (Tammy), Anthony Callea (Fender), Penny McNamee (Brenda), Tim Campbell (Sketch), Charlie Bull (Shelley), Alexander Ellis (I.Q), Liz Stiles (Lou Ann).

  2. Shell

    Sep 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    If anyone could help with finding out the name of the guy who played Fender in the 24 Sep 2010 Melbourne performance of Hairspray, it would be much appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Ps. Great show! Will be going back to see it again!!!

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