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The Cast of Hairspray on the Corny Collins Show

Southampton is alive with colour as the big, bold and beautiful Hairspray bursts into Mayflower Theatre for one week only.

The Cast of Hairspray on the Corny Collins Show

Taking the audience back to the 1960s and the height of racial segregation, this musical shows the power of music and dance has at bringing everyone together.

Rebecca Mendoza makes her stage debut in the role of Tracy Turnblad and brings humour and a huge bubbly personality to the part. Paired together with Edward Chitticks, who plays Link Larkin, their on-stage romance is filled with emotion and laughter.

Rebecca Mendoza as Tracy Turnblad

Layton Williams returns to the role of Seaweed, and his dance training shines through the choreography. He frequently wows the packed theatre with his backflips and jumps, and he leads the way in group dances.

The strongest voice in the company has to be Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle. Her powerful vocals carries through during I Know Where I’ve Been, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the backing vocals.

However, the best partnership came from Matt Rixon (Edna Turnblad) and Norman Pace (Wilbur Turnblad). Their on stage chemistry and hilarity made the show have a slight pantomime style feel. From  sharp one-liners to prop gags, and the accidental moment of ‘corpsing’, these two had the audience laughing to tears.

Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad and Matt Rixon as Edna Turnblad

Hairspray’s catchy music had everyone singing along, from Welcome To The 60’s, I Can Hear The Bells, and You’re Timeless To Me. However, nothing could match the energy and atmosphere of You Can’t Stop The Beat. It had the audience on their feet and dancing along. Everyone left the show on a high and in a party mood.

The Cast of Hairspray during You Can’t Stop the Beat

Limited tickets are still available from Mayflower’s Box Office or at www.mayflower.org.uk

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