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Musical comedy Hairspray coming to Arsht Center, Dec. 28-Jan. 2

Musical comedy Hairspray coming to Arsht Center, Dec. 28-Jan. 2
Pictured (l-r) are Andrew Levitt, aka Nina West; Niki Metcalf, and Toneisha Harris.
(Photo by Marc J. Franklin)

Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, will launch a new North American tour in Fall 2021 with a stop at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2, 2022.

The new touring production, helmed by Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchell, recently announced initial principal. The cast will be led by Andrew Levitt, aka Nina West (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Edna Turnblad, Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad and Toneisha Harris (from NBC’s

The Voice) as Motormouth Maybelle. Additional casting will be announced later.
Hairspray begins the anticipated 15th anniversary season of Broadway in Miami. The new Broadway in Miami season is presented by Bank of America, Florida Theatrical Association in association with the Adrienne Arsht Center along with support from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a brand-new world we find ourselves in today, and Hairspray is meeting this challenge full-on with even more joy and purpose. Our fable of ‘The Little Dancing Engine That Could’ is even more relevant than 20 years ago when it first burst onto the scene,” shared director Jack O’Brien.

“With the renewed, refreshed energy of the unforgettable ‘Nina West’ as Edna and a whole new generation of wildly talented kids across the board, we cannot wait to raise the various roofs once more with dance, joy, music, and that glorious, famous, energy-packed score! Come feel great and grateful once more,’ O’Brien added.

Choreographer Jerry Mitchell said, “Hairspray has always been about all of us dancing together. I am thrilled to welcome this new company of amazing talents to lead the way as we dance across America with a message of inclusion and hope because ‘you really can’t stop the beat!’”

Hairspray is part of the 2021-22 Broadway in Miami Series which also includes Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hadestown. Season ticket prices for the five-show subscription package range from $191 to $764. To become a season ticket holder, visit arshtcenter.org, or call the Arsht Center box office at 305-949-6722 or the Season Ticket Holder Hotline toll-free at 800-939-8587. Priority group seating for groups of 10-plus may be arranged by calling the Arsht Center at 786-468-2326. Subscriptions are available now via arshtcenter.org.

Current season ticket holders automatically will be moved into the new show dates.

Ticketholders can access their new performance dates and times by going online to www.arshtcenter.org/account/login or by calling the box office at 305-949-6722.

Subscribers should be aware that the value of their tickets is safe. If anything is to change for any reason and a subscription has been paid in full, a credit, refund or donation opportunity for the value of the subscription will be available.

Hairspray is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including Welcome to the 60’s, Good Morning Baltimore, and You Can’t Stop the Beat, Hairspray is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

This new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team, led by director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, to bring Hairspray to a new generation of theater audiences.

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