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PlayMakers Guest Director Desdemona Chiang Says, “Hairspray” Is “A Bit Like Cotton Candy for the Soul”

Hairspray’s irrepressible teenaged heroine Tracy Turnblad — the big girl with the big hair and the even bigger heart — is back. This time, local teenager Rachel Musson will play her in the July 16-20 PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of the 2002 Broadway musical based on the 1988 cult film Hairspray, written… Read More ›

Patti LuPone Will Perform “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” April 11th and 12th with the N.C. Symphony

The penultimate presentation of the North Carolina Symphony’s 2013-14 Pops Series will be the two-time Tony Award®-winning actress and singer Patti LuPone’s 8 p.m. Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th, performances of her critically acclaimed one-woman show Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda … Played That Role, conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, with musical arrangements by… Read More ›

Bad Boy, Bad Boy: “Catch Me If You Can” Transforms Frank Abagnale’s Crimes into a 1960s Variety Show

Troika Entertainment’s zesty national tour of the 2011 Tony Award®-nominated Broadway musical “Catch Me If You Can” is a nimble, lighthearted romp through the life and crimes of infamous teenage con man and forger Frank William Abagnale, Jr. – all staged as a 1960s-style TV variety show, with a lively script by Terrence McNally and a buoyant score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as roly-poly would-be dancer Tracy Turnblad and teen heartthrob Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s High-Octane Production of “Hairspray” Is a Must-See Musical, with Energy to Burn

The North Carolina Theatre‘s high-octane production of “Hairspray” is a must-see musical, with energy to burn, thanks to kinetic staging by director John Simpkins and choreographer Josh Rhodes, exuberant instrumental accompaniment by musical director Nancy Whelan and the NCT orchestra, and a crackerjack cast that really knows how to shake, rattle, and roll.

Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT Brings “Hairspray” Heroine Tracy Turnblad, the Big Girl with the Big Hair, Back to the Triangle

The North Carolina Theatre is bringing “Hairspray” heroine Tracy Turnblad, the big girl with the big hair and the even bigger heart played for NCT by Jennifer Foster, back to the Triangle for 10 performances on July 23 and 24th and July 26-31, plus a special Target Student Preview Night, starting at 7 p.m. on July 22nd, all in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.