Mark Goucher, who is currently producing the UK tour of Hairspray, has revealed to West End Frame that he wants the musical to transfer to the West End next year.
“I am desperately trying to get the writers to allow us to bring this new production into London next year” Goucher said, “My cast are phenomenal and absolutely deserve to be seen in London. I hope it happens!”
Goucher explained the tour is “obviously a little more economical than the original production” and that “in the right theatre it could sit down and just run for a very long time”.
Hairspray is currently playing a Christmas residency at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre as part of its 25 venue UK tour which began in September this year. The production is directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical direction by Ben Atkinson. The show has music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
“I am so proud of the entire company!” Goucher added, “When I go around the country to see it, night after night everyone stands up and goes nuts. It’s amazing! Just talking about it now there is a lump in my throat! I’m so glad I’ve finally got my hands on it!”
The cast includes Tony Maudsley as Edna Turnblad, Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle, Freya Sutton as Tracy Turnblad, Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins, Dex Lee as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud as Amber, Monique Young as Penny, Karis Jack as Little Inez, Adam Price as Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn as Female Authority Figure and Layton Williams as Duane.
During the interview Goucher also said he is “very hopeful” that Jeeves and Wooster will transfer to Broadway next year, following its recent West End run and UK tour. He also discussed Slava’s Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall which has returned to London for its fifth consecutive festive season.
Andrew Tomlins (Editor)
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