In 2002, Hairspray was the first world premiere musical to leave The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101) and head for Broadway. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and launched the Theatre’s unprecedented track record for sending new works to New York. Now 10 seasons later, The 5th collaborates with one of the world’s largest and most respected choruses, the Seattle Men’s Chorus. Together they will bring this special concert presentation of Hairspray, with all its glorious, irreverent, John Waters-inspired wackiness, back to the 5th Avenue stage for six very special performances.
Accompanied by a full orchestra, the show’s principle roles will be sung by some of Seattle’s favorite musical theater stars including Jerick Hoffer, best known as his drag superstar alter ego Jinkx Monsoon, who takes a turn as Velma Von Tussle; Kirsten DeLohr Helland, Aaron Finley, Allen Fitzpatrick, Louis Hobson, Bobbi Kotula, Jessica Skerritt, with Kat Ramsburg as Tracy Turnblad. Additional casting will be announced in May.
More than 200 Seattle Men’s Chorus members will perform the ensemble roles, singing Hairspray favorites “Good Morning Baltimore,” “Welcome to the ‘60s,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” and more, as only the Seattle Men’s Chorus can.
Hairspray In Concert will be directed by 5th Avenue Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, with musical direction by Seattle Men’s Chorus Artistic Director Dennis Coleman.
Show tickets are available for all six performances: Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21 (8 p.m.), Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m. both days). Tickets (starting at $23) may be purchased through The 5th Avenue Theatre/(206) 625-1900/(888) 5TH-4TIX as well as through Seattle Men’s Chorus/(206) 388-1400.
Co-sponsors of Hairspray In Concert are Safeco Insurance and US Bank, as well as media sponsor The Seattle Times.