UPBEAT’s Entertainment Guide The Beloved Classic & International Smash Hit 'HAIRSPRAY' Starts July 6th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ~ Bay Area Musicals (Matthew McCoy, Founder & Artistic Director, and AeJay Mitchell, Managing Director) is thrilled to announce the full cast and creative

for the final production

team of

the Company’s 2018-2019 sea- son, the interna- tional smash hit HAIRSPRAY (Winner

of 8

Tony Awards including “Best Musical”). Based on the 1988 John Wa- ters film, HAIR- SPRAY features music by Mark Shaiman, lyr- ics by Scott Wittman & Mark Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Mee- han.

Bay Area Musicals’ pro- duction of HAIRSPRAY runs from July 6 – August 11, 2019 and will perform at San Fran- cisco’s Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103). The press opening will take place on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Regular tickets range from $35 - $65 and can be purchase online at Opening Night Fundraiser Tickets (available only for the Saturday, July 6 performance at 8:00 p.m.) range from $50 - $100 and includes dessert and a champagne toast with the cast (and can also be pur- chased online at www.bamsf. org/hairspray). Bay Area Musicals’ produc- tion of HAIRSPRAY will be directed and choreographed by Matthew McCoy, with mu- sic direction by Jon Gallo. "I have been wanting to stage HAIRSPRAY ever since I first saw the show on Broadway," said Matthew McCoy. "I had never before seen a musical packed with so much heart,

joy, laughter, exciting cho- reography

and electrifying

music. It signified a bright new era for the book musi- cal comedy, and it was clear

the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the pop- ular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy


transformed from social outcast


sudden star. She must use her newfound power to d e t h ro n e the ing

reign- Teen

Queen, win the affec- tions of heartthrob, Link

Lar- kin, and

that the entire audience was having a ball. Now, almost twenty years later, the show has become a beloved classic. And with the specters of prej- udice and intolerance increas- ingly front and center in our politics and news media, the message of HAIRSPRAY is more timely than ever: that all of us can walk together, hand in hand, no matter our size or the color of our skin. The big wigs, bright lights, and flashy dances will all be front and center in our production, with heart (and a few tears) sprin- kle throughout as we look at where we've been, how far we've come, and how far we still must go." “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY.

It’s irre-

sistible!” – The New York Times

The 1950's are out, and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tune- ful songs. The perfect closer to Bay Area Musicals' fourth season!

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • JUNE 2019 • Pg 19

integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do! The cast of HAIRSPRAY will feature Cassie Grilley as

“Tracy Turnblad,” Melissa Momboisse as “Penny Pingle- ton,” Scott Dilerinzo as “Edna Turnblad,”

Kamren Mana-

haney as “Link Larkin,” Eliz- abeth Jones as “Motormouth Maybelle,” David Abrams as “Seaweed J. Stubbs,” Ken- nedy Williams as “Little Inez,” Paul Plain as “Wilbur Turnblad,” Lauren Meyer as “Amber Von Tussle,” Sarah Sloan as “Velma Von Tussle,” Scott Taylor-Cole as “Corny Collins,” Bonnie Laufer as “Prudy


Kim Larson as “Principal/ Male Authority,” Stephen Kanaski as “Brad, NC,” Ron- ald James as “Fender, NC,” Emma Sutherland as “Brenda, NC,” Brendan Looney as “Sketch, NC,” Calire Pear- son as “Tammy, NC,” Steven McCloud as “I.Q., NC,” Peli Naomi Woods as “Detention ...continued on page 22

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