Hairspray, Zany Fun For Everyone, Rain or Shine, Thru March 10th at DCPA’s Buell Theatre

By Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media

After a two day rain delay, of sorts, Hairspray finally made it to Buell Theatre stage. Apparently the fire sprinkler system above the stage was accidently activated, not sure how that happens, but it made a big enough mess to delay the opening night to March 7th.

That meant everyone with tickets for the first two nights had to be accommodated into the remaining nights. It also meant there would be no media night so I was not able to review what promised to be a high energy, funny production full of song and dance.

“Run and Tell That LEAP” (aloft, from L) Josiah Thomas
Randolph as “Thad,” Kalab Quinn as “Duane,” Gabriel Yarborough as “Gilbert”
and Company in Hairspray. Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

One audience member wrote on social media, “Hairspray is a fantastic musical. It expresses the themes of battling racism, sizeism, and all other ‘isms’. Hairspray is about a girl named Tracy Turnblad, who describes herself as a “pleasant plump” and whose dream is to become a dancer on the Corny Collins show, a show that is broadcasted all over her town.

“Good Morning, Baltimore” (Nov 23) – Caroline Eiseman as “Tracy
Turnblad” in Hairspray. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

When an opportunity arises, Tracy must fight back against sizeism to prove her spot on the show with her parents and friends supporting her. Once she has made it on the show of her dreams, the fight is not over as she helps to integrate the Corny Collins show risking her dreams to dance on the show again. When watching it is easy to see how the award-winning Hairspray really is a great musical on all fronts. I really enjoyed viewing Hairspray as I love the story, soundtrack, dances, and colors. Even the jokes made me laugh out loud. I would recommend Hairspray to any musical-loving person or anyone who just enjoys a great theatre production.”

Even the promotional material read, “You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?”

“(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs” (center) Sarah Hayes as “Velma Von Tussle” and Company in Hairspray. Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

The New York Times said “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!” – Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the ‘60s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!”

Don’t miss this “exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy” stated (The New Yorker).

The Dynamites (Nov 23) – (from L) Ashia Collins, Leiah Lewis and
Kynnedi Moryaé Porter as “The Dynamites” in Hairspray. Photo: Jeremy

This all-new touring production reunites Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theater audiences.

With all this hype you can see why I was so anxious to see this production here in Denver. I hope tickets are still available. Hopefully you can get in as well. is the only official ticketing source for this productions