Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hairspray Returns to Atlanta with Debut Engagement at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Jan 13 - 18

—The New York Times

It’s time to let your hair down and dance the night away! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s musical comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture, is coming back to Atlanta for a special engagement at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 13 – 18, 2009, presented by the new Atlanta Broadway Series. This fantastically fun musical, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is currently enjoying its fifth year on Broadway. The 2007 West End production of HAIRSPRAY was nominated for a record-breaking 11 Olivier Awards and nabbed four, including the top category Best New Musical, and also won Best New Musical in all of Britain’s other top awards programs, including the Evening Standard, Critic’s Circle, and Whatsonstage Awards.

And now, back by popular demand, the people of Atlanta will once again be swept away to 1960s Baltimore in this international smash-hit musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance – and enough deliriously tuneful songs to fill a nonstop platter party. It’s HAIRSPRAY, live on stage, in living color!

Everyone is raving about this delightful musical, including the critics. “A great big fat gorgeous hit,” claims Clive Barnes of the New York Post. “A must-see for every teenage dreamer who believes anything is possible,” say Georgina Brown of London’s The Mail on Sunday. “So many numbers bring down the house, it’s a wonder the theater is still standing,” says Jeremy Gerard of New York Magazine.

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. But, can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in HAIRSPRAY! Welcome to the '60s!

HAIRSPRAY is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. It features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. HAIRSPRAY features an original score by Academy Award-nominated Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the acclaimed animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This production of HAIRSPRAY is based on Jack O’Brien’s original direction and Jerry Mitchell’s original choreography, recreated by Matt Lenz and Danny James Austin, respectively. Scenic design is by David Rockwell; the set coordinator is Michael Allen; costume design is by William Ivey Long; lighting design is by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller; the sound is by Shannon Slaton; wig and hair design is by Paul Huntley; and the musical supervisor is Lon Hoyt. HAIRSPRAY is produced by NETworks Presentations.

The HAIRSPRAY web site can be found at

Tickets for the Atlanta engagement of HAIRSPRAY will go on sale November 2. Ticket prices start at $20.00 (subject to change) and may be purchased at the Cobb Energy Centre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or via phone at 404-817-8700. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

The performance schedule for HAIRSPRAY in Atlanta is as follows:

Tuesday, January 13…………. 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14……… 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 15………….8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 16…………….8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 17………….2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 18……………1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Full season packages are also on sale now for the 2008-2009 Atlanta Broadway Series with prices ranging from $116 – $354. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-877-451-7469 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at

The Atlanta Broadway Series, created in partnership by WH Management Group and Key Brand Entertainment, is a new series of blockbuster Broadway programming presented at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007.
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