The AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Theater Center jointly announced today an unprecedented new collaboration to co-produce 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.
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 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.
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