DTC and ATTPAC To Stage Hairspray

The Dallas Theater Center's summer musical is Hairspray at the Winspear Opera House, part of the ATTPAC's 2018-19 Broadway Series.

published Monday, February 19, 2018

Photo: NBC
Harvey Fierstein played Edna Turnblad on Broadway, and in the NBC live version

Dallas — 2018 marks the first summer that the Dallas Theater Center will move to its new model of producing a family-friendly summer musical, and we finally know the title: It's the 2002 Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Thomas Meehan, and Mark O'Donnell musical Hairspray, which is based on John Waters' 1988 film.

But wait, there's more! This production, running July 7-15, will be performed at the Winspear Opera House and is a collaboration with the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The production will be part of ATTPAC's 2018-19 Broadway Series (the full season will be announced March 11; we know from a previous announcement that the revival of Falsettos will also be on the season).

DTC Artistic Associate Joel Ferrell will direct, and while we know there will be local and New York casting, here's hoping that some of the major roles go to local actors. The musical Hairspray was made into a musical film in 2007, making it the third property to begin as a movie and then turned into a stage musical and a movie musical, after Little Shop of Horrors and The Producers—although Hairspray is the only one of those to have also had a live TV production.


Below is the news release from AT&T Performing Arts Center:

The AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Theater Center jointly announced today an unprecedented new collaboration to coproduce the Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY which will be the first title on the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Series 2018/2019 season. The smash hit musical comedy HAIRSPRAY will play 12 performances July 7 through July 15, 2018 at the Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District.

HAIRSPRAY will be included in the six-show 2018/2019 Broadway Series package which will be announced on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Visit for more information and to sign up for e-mail updates.

Dallas Theater Center season subscribers will have the option to add HAIRSPRAY to their season subscription package prior to public on sale which will be announced at a later date.

The 2007 movie musical adaptation of HAIRSPRAY is the 10th highest grossing movie musical of all time.

The 2016 live television special HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Was watched by more than 9 million viewers and was nominated for seven primetime EMMY Awards.

HAIRSPRAY will be directed by Dallas Theater Center’s Associate Artistic Director, Joel Ferrell (Frankenstein, Dreamgirls, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show). Local and New York casting of the production will be announced later.

The Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and arrangements by March Shaiman. Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. This production will be directed by Joel Ferrell with music direction by Vonda K. Bowling.

“Dallas Theater Center is so excited and pleased by this partnership as it will be beneficial to both organizations and our audiences,” said Jeff Woodward, DTC’s managing director. “HAIRSPRAY is a terrific, funny and timely American musical and is the perfect first venture for what we hope will be an annual collaboration.”

“This is an exciting and important step for us,” said Doug Curtis, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “This collaboration allows us to deepen and broaden the programming we do on our campus for North Texans to enjoy. Coming on the heels of Dallas Theater Center’s recent Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, we couldn’t be more thrilled and proud to present HAIRSPRAY with them on our 2018/2019 Broadway season.”

The production is generously underwritten by Thompson & Knight Foundation, funded by the partners of Thompson & Knight, LLP.



The original Broadway production of HAIRSPRAY ran for 2,642 performances from August 2002 to January 2009 making it the 22nd longest running show in Broadway history. HAIRSPRAY won eight 2013 TONY Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. National tours have been seen by more than 2 million people across North America.



You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance.
The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do! Thanks For Reading

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DTC and ATTPAC To Stage Hairspray
The Dallas Theater Center's summer musical is Hairspray at the Winspear Opera House, part of the ATTPAC's 2018-19 Broadway Series.
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