A flashy, funny, fleet of foot and – to coin a phrase – absolutely fab production of Hairspray.

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:00 am By: Ches Plemmons Source: Curtain UP!
is a pro gay statement. That’s clear enough when the audience cheers Edna and “her” husband Wilbur (Bruce Rebold) singing “Timeless to Me,” an ode to love and marriage. When Wilbur kisses Edna, the audience is aware that this is a man kissing another man, and the applause is loud and positive.)


Wilson starts out slowly, but once he gets going he invests Edna with comic zeal and sensitivity. Van Cleave is a powerhouse recounting “The Legend of
Miss Baltimore Crabs” and Inga Ballard as “Motormouth” Maybelle, stops the show with “I Know Where I’ve Been.”

Kudos also to Terry Palasz and Scott Colcagno, who each play a variety of hilarious characters. He’s funny as the school principal who seems to only be able to turn in 90 degree angles when \walking , and she’s gleefully (and lecherously) butch as a coach and a cop.


Despite all that well deserved praise, I’ve saved the best for last. There’s a wiry black kid named Elgin Giles who plays Seaweed and he is nothing short of sensational. He’s got moves and moves and moves and he is dance incarnate. He won’t have to be pointed out – you’ll spot him for sure!