8-13 February 2016
Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
Last night I went to see Hairspray the Musical at the Lyceum in Sheffield. The theatre is easy to find following road signs and there is a large NCP car park on Arundel Gate that is a short two minute walk to the Lyceum. Upon arriving, the Box Office is directly on the left and I found the staff were helpful and polite.
I must be honest and admit that I have never seen Hairspray but I had a vague idea it was about, a larger than life girl with awesome hair who wanted to audition for a show. Actually, in addition to Tracey Turnblad being an awesome all round character, once she becomes famous she finds herself fighting the race inequality found in 1960s Baltimore along with finding love.
There are a few household names I recognized such as Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle and Tony Maudsley (Benidorm) as a fantastic and hilarious Edna Turnblad. The costumes and dresses were true to the era and really added to the vibrancy of the show. In fact the whole show was very dynamic, colourful and vibrant.
From start to finish the show had us foot tapping and jigging along, leaving us with a happy heart and cheeks aching from smiling. It was clear just how happy the cast were and how much they loved performing. It’s the first show I’ve been to where I’ve seen a full standing ovation at the end, and one song sang by Brenda Edwards playing Motormouth Maybelle received a standing ovation in the middle of the show.
If I could give more than 5 stars I would.
Tickets cost from £26.50 to £42 (booking fees may apply).
Hairspray the Musical is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until 13 February 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000