Hairspray to Have Canadian Premiere in Toronto in May 2004
By Robert Simonson
April 2, 2003
Hairspray, the hit Broadway musical about liberation and integration in 1960s Baltimore, will say “Good Morning, Toronto” in May 2004, when the John Waters-inspired tuner has its Canadian premiere.The show will be part of the 2003-04 Mirvish Subscription Theatre Season. The production, which has an original score by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and is directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, has not been cast.
Hairspray bowed on Broadway in August 2003 after a tryout in Seattle, becoming the first (and, so far, the biggest) musical hit of the season.
The Mirvish season will also include the Toronto premiere of Michael Frayn’s heady drama of physics and morality, Copenhagen, starring Michael Ball, Martha Henry and Jim Mezon; a new staging of Chicago, the musical revival now refreshed by the success of its cinematic sister; Scaramouche Jones, a British play by Justin Butcher starring Pete Postlethwaite as a man born on New Year’s Eve 1899 looking back on the events of the 20th century; The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, a new play by Djanet Sears set in Negro Creek, a 200-year-old Ontario Black community, and about “a doctor who is coping with the loss of a daughter, the break-up of her marriage and an eccentric, elderly father on a crusade”; and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Hollow Crown by John Barton.
The season runs as follows:
Chicago, Sept.-Oct. 2003, Canon Theatre
Scaramouche, Oct.-Dec. 2003, Winter Garden Theatre
The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Oct. 2003-March 2004, Du Maurier Theatre at Harbourfront Centre
Copenhagen, Jan.-Feb. 2004, Winter Garden Theatre
The Hollow Crown, Feb.-March 2004
Subscriptions are now on sale, ranging from $85 to $420. Call (416) 593-4225 or 1-800-771-3933, or go to www.mirvish.com.