‘Hairspray’ opens Laguna Playhouse’s 98th season

  • The Tony Award winning musical “Hairspray,” directed by Paula Hammons Sloan, previews July 5 at the Laguna Playhouse with performances running July 9-30 at the Laguna Beach theater. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Tony Award winning music “Hairspray,” directed by Paula Hammons Sloan, sneak peeks July 5 at the Laguna Playhouse with performances running July 9-30 at the Laguna Coastline theater. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Haley Chaney, center in yellow, portrays Amber Von in the 1960’s musical “Hairspray” which features a teenager’s dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show. The Laguna Playhouse production runs July 9-30 in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Haley Chaney, center in yellow, portrays Brownish-yellow Von in the 1960’s musical “Hairspray” which showcases a teen’s desire to dance on The Corny Collins Program. The Laguna Play house production runs July 9-30 in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Nicole Powell plays bold heroineTracy Turnblad in “Hairspray” which which previews July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Nicole Powell plays strong heroineTracy Turnblad in “Hairspray” which previews July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach. (Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • James Gruessing, Jr. (EdnaTurnblad), right, is hard to ignore during a rehearsal of “Hairspray” which previews July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    James Gruessing, Jr. (EdnaTurnblad), right, is hard to neglect during a wedding rehearsal of “Hairspray” which sneak peeks July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Play house, Laguna Coastline. (Image by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Jovan Watlington, center, plays Seaweed J. Stubbs in “Hairspray.” The big-hair, 1960’s musical features music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, https://www.lagunaplayhouse.com/2017-2018-main-stage-season/hairspray/ . (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jovan Watlington, center, plays Seaweed J. Stubbs in “Hairspray.” The big-hair, 1960’s music functions music and also verses by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Coastline, https://www.lagunaplayhouse.com/2017-2018-main-stage-season/hairspray/. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Essence Tyler, from left, Syndi Session and Nicole Morris are part of the 22-member east coast, west coast cast of “Hairspray.” Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Significance Tyler, from left, Syndi Session as well as Nicole Morris become part of the 22-member eastern shore, west shore cast of “Hairspray.” Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse situated at 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Coastline. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Rick Grossman (Wilbur Turnblad), left, and James Gruessing, Jr. (EdnaTurnblad) in a scene from “Hairspray” which previews July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Rick Grossman (Wilbur Turnblad), left, as well as James Gruessing, Jr. (EdnaTurnblad) in a scene from “Hairspray” which sneak peeks July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Play house, Laguna Beach. (Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • James Gruessing, Jr. (EdnaTurnblad), left, and Rick Grossman (Wilbur Turnblad), left, get touchy in a scene from “Hairspray” which previews July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    James Gruessing, Jr. (EdnaTurnblad), left, as well as Rick Grossman (Wilbur Turnblad), left, get sensitive in a scene from “Hairspray” which sneak peeks July 5. Performances run July 9-30 at the Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Coastline. (Image by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

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Large hair, bobby socks as well as strong dancing relocations will certainly kick off the Laguna Playhouse’s 98th period this weekend break with the Broadway hit musical “Hairspray.”

Directed and also choreographed by Laguna Play house returner Paula Hammons Sloan (“& ldquo; Footloose, & rdquo; & ldquo; All Shook Up & rdquo;-RRB-, the musical stays real to the original story of the Tony Award-winning Broadway manufacturing, with simply a few tweaks, Sloan said. Sneak peeks open on Wednesday, July 5, with normal efficiencies beginning Sunday, July 9 for a four-week run.

“& ldquo; I want every person in the cinema to seem like they are equally as a component of the show as the cast is,” Sloan said. “There are times when the set is singing in the target market, so the music is like a rock-and-roll performance,” & rdquo; stated

Sloan. Featuring songs as well as lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the program is understood for its catchy pop and also rock melodies “& ldquo; You Can & rsquo; “t Stop the Beat,” “& rdquo; & ldquo; The Nicest Children around, & rdquo; & ldquo; Greetings Baltimore & rdquo; as well as & ldquo; Without Love. & rdquo; The musical also showcases the imaginary Motown-inspired women group the Dynamites, singing the tunes & ldquo; Thanks for visiting the Sixties” & rdquo; as well as & ldquo; The New Girl around.”

& rdquo;” Hairspray “won eight Tony Awards in 2003, including ideal music, and ran for over five years at the Neil Simon Theatre, with many national and international scenic tours. The stage musical, based upon the 1998 John Seas film, was itself adapted right into a 2007 movie, starring Amanda Bynes, John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The 22-member Laguna cast contains California and also New York-based stars, which Sloan claimed brings a very varied feel and look to the story.

“& ldquo; When you do wedding rehearsals in New york city, you get individuals from all over the nation. So we have fairly a mix from all over –– St. Louis, New Orleans, Illinois, The golden state, New york city and more –– so it seems like an across the country experience,” & rdquo; said Sloan, & ldquo; Each star brings something enjoyable and also various to their personality, and also I believe that needs to do a whole lot with the diversity of that they are and where they are from.”

& rdquo; Variety is really a central style to the traditional story of peppy as well as full-figured Tracy Turnblad, played by Nicole Powell, who wins a role on the 1960s neighborhood TV dancing program “& ldquo; The Corny Collins Show” & rdquo; and comes to be a celeb overnight for her splendid rock &http://#8216;&http://#8216; n’ roll dancing actions. After seeing that the program prohibits black teenagers from auditioning as well as the manufacturer’& rsquo; s disapproval of young, stout ladies, Tracy launches an advocate the program’& rsquo; s integration as well as acceptance of all individuals.

Tracy’& rsquo; s mommy Edna, traditonally played by male stars, will certainly be represented by West Coast-based star Jim Gruessing, and her daddy Wilbur will be played by New York actor Rick Grossman. Sloan said the 2 stars are enchanting and also fun with each other and the audience will certainly have a great laugh at their chemistry, while feeling sorry for Powell’& rsquo; s strong portrayal of the exemplary and also hopeful Tracy.

“& ldquo; It has such a fantastic message that fit the 1960s days of partition, however is also suitable in today’& rsquo; s world that has plenty of so many various kinds of bias,” Sloan claimed. “I think the music discusses the top with the characters, so initially you take a look at it as well as laugh, and afterwards realize that the personalities as well as its concerns are not as outlandish as you assume. It’& rsquo; s such a crucial musical due to the fact that it points out that it’& rsquo; s not regarding what you resemble on the outdoors, yet that you get on the within.”

& rdquo; The stage collection will provide 3 turntables that appear like the roads of 1962 Baltimore, the television workshop and also different other places, such as a record store and also a jail. Outfits will certainly include the sparkly style pattern of the ‘& lsquo; 60s, including long skirts as well as beehive hairstyles.

“& ldquo; This is the early rock &http://#8216;&http://#8216; n ‘roll, innocent ’60s, not the psychedelic ’60s,” Sloan claimed. “I call this the ‘& lsquo; Jackie Kennedy ’60s,’ & rsquo; a time with fantastic hair and clothing and also spreading out the message of love, like in the musical’& rsquo; s track & lsquo; Without Love, & rsquo; which has to do with the universal fact that we all have to freely aid each various other as well as deal with others the method we wish to be treated.”& rdquo; &http://#8216; Hairspray’

When: Previews via Saturday, July 8; normal efficiencies Sunday, July 9-Aug. 5. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Also, 2 p.m. July 20 and also Aug. 3.

Where: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road

Tickets: $45-$ 80

Information: 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com

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