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About Hairspray

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Based on the 1988 John Waters film and then inspiring a return to the big screen in 2007 Hairspray, a winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable, pleasantly-plump teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Can she use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her hairdo?

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2hr 30min

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Recommended for ages 12 and up. As a courtesy to patrons, BrightSide Theatre does not allow children under age five, including infants, to be admitted to Main Stage Productions.

Brightside Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall

31 S. Ellsworth Street, Naperville, IL 60540

The cozy setting is home to many of the College’s theatre department productions, studio theatre productions and summer jazz concert series and is open for use by community artists and groups, including BrightSide Theatre.

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