Hit Musical ‘Hairspray’ to Delight at River Campus


20140417_Hairspray_Season_Brochure_0009-FINAL RGBCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 22, 2014 – Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Hairspray” will dance onto the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-11 and 2 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Broadway’s musical comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture, “Hairspray” is a contemporary musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

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, loves to dance. She has one desire above all else, which is to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show.

When she wins a spot on the TV show, her dream comes true. Turnblad transforms from social outcast to the coolest kid at school. Turnblad uses her newfound popularity for good – she strives to have teens of all races portrayed on the dance show. Only in “Hairspray” 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.’

Themes are racial inequality, isolation, friendship, and achieving one’s dreams.

“‘Hairspray’ is one of my favorite musicals of all time,” said Kenneth L. Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and director of the show. “It’s so full of great characters, dancing, and music that will stay with you for weeks after the show. Although the show is tremendously fun and wildly entertaining, it has a deeper universal message that is particularly relevant today with the recent events happening in Ferguson, Mo.”

The performance contains mild language.

“Hairspray” is based on the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.