‘Hairspray’ brings fun song and dance to Appleton’s Fox Cities PAC

‘Hairspray’ brings fun song and dance to Appleton’s Fox Cities PAC

Tracy (Niki Metcalf) sings "Good Morning Baltimore" in the opening scene of "Hairspray."

APPLETON – With catchy audio, dazzling hues and lively dancing, it is really tough for audiences not to be immediately hooked to “Hairspray,” playing by way of Sunday at the Fox Metropolitan areas Carrying out Arts Middle.

Originally a 1988 film right before getting the Broadway phase in 2002, it tells the tale of Tracy Turnblad (Niki Metcalf), a bubbly 16-12 months-old female in 1962 Baltimore with goals of dancing on “The Corny Collins Show.”

Regardless of warnings from her mother, Edna (Andrew Levitt), that she might get designed enjoyment of for remaining heavier than the other dancers, Tracy exhibits up to audition. She’s originally turned down but, right after learning some moves from dancer Seaweed (Brandon G. Stalling), Tracy catches Collins’ awareness and gets a place. Using her newfound fame and influence, she fights to deliver racial integration to the show.

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With earworms like “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Won’t be able to Halt the Conquer,” the music is pleasurable and memorable. The band was incredible. At the start off of the next act, the conductor popped out of the orchestra pit and led the viewers in claps together to the songs.

Metcalf set the vibrant tone of the exhibit from her 1st traces of the opening song, “Excellent Morning Baltimore,” as Tracy springs awake from her bed — established on stage vertically so that Metcalf, although standing, appears to be laying down, with the viewers viewing the scene from previously mentioned — with a bubbly grin and childlike joy. Metcalf’s Tracy has an endearing naiveté and unwavering optimism that would make her easy to root for.