AWESOME IN ANOKA
A review of Hairspray, July 13, 2013
By Pat Noren Enderson
Lyric Arts Main Street stage never fails to satisfy—they truly are “Big City Theater. Home Town Charm.” Opening weekend excitement helped make this show special, but it was the amazing cast and the standing ovation at the end that told me we were witness to greatness.
It’s a story about Tracy Turnblad, a plus-sized girl with an enormous heart. The story is set in 1962, and covers some hefty themes about acceptance, love and relationships without being “preachy.” I fully recommend seeing this musical at Lyric Arts for anyone who wants a dose of fun and to see where we’ve been and how far we’ve come.
Director Scott Ford put together an amazingly talented cast and artistic crew. From the live band/orchestra to the scenery, costumes and hair this play was sensually stunning. One expects a lot from the main characters in a play, especially in a musical; however it was the secondary cast who blew me away. I was especially impressed with Hannah Weinberg, who played Penny Pringleton and Maurice Britts, who played Seaweed J. Stubbs. Hannah stole many of the laughs as Tracy’s best friend and Maurice’s singing and dancing make me want to see where this young man takes his career.
About Pat Noren Enderson
Pat hails from St. Louis Park and has a passion for the theater. She played three roles in “Heaven Can Wait” at Lyric Arts and was thrilled to become a reviewer for “Hairspray.” She’s been in marketing and communications for more than 15 years with a background in writing, project management, and social media. She now resides in Anoka with her husband and their 10-year-old twins.