Kimmel Cultural Campus and Shubert Organization present HAIRSPRAY


The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Shubert Organization present musical comedy phenom, HAIRSPRAY, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical. As part of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ 21-22 Broadway series, the show plays at the Miller Theater (formerly the Merriam Theatre) from Tuesday, May 17 through Sunday, May 22, 2022. This series of HAIRSPRAY on the Kimmel Cultural Campus is sponsored by The Bancorp.

“We are thrilled to have Hairspray return to Philadelphia with its ever-relevant message of inclusivity,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “As the premier center of the city for multidisciplinary performing arts and cultural events, we are proud to present a show that reflects our values, as we strive every day to make all feel welcome and embraced at the Kimmel Cultural Campus .”

HAIRSPRAY is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance to television’s hottest show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? With the beloved score of hit songs such as “Welcome to the 60’s”, “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning and delirious!” (The New York Times).

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 Sandie Lee as Motormouth Maybelle. Joining them are Billy Dawson as Corny Collins, Will Savarese as Link Larkin, Emery Henderson as Penny Pingleton, Jamonté D. Bruten as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Kaelee Albritton as Amber Von Tussle, and Addison Garner as Velma Von Tussle.

Christopher Swan plays Wilbur Turnblad and Kaléa Leverette plays Little Inez with Caroline Daye Attayek, Kelly Barberito, Helene Britany, Kobe Brown, Tanner Callicutt, Shante Clarke, Nick Cortazzo, Ryahn Evers, Carly Haig, Michael Harmon, Michael Corey Hassel, Kaleb Jenkins, Greg Kalafatas, Gabriel Kearns, Stevie LeWarne, Jr., Nichelle Lewis, Parris Mone’t Lewis, Brendan Morris, Faith Northcutt, Adam Blake Raque, Nadia Ra’Shaun, Micah Sauvageau, Gabriyel Thomas and Emmanuelle Zeesman as members of the ‘whole.

This new touring production brings together Broadway’s award-winning creative team, led by director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, to introduce HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theatergoers.

“It’s a whole new world we find ourselves in today, and HAIRSPRAY is even more relevant than it was twenty years ago when it burst onto the scene. With the renewed and refreshed energy of unforgettable “Nina West” as Edna and a whole new generation of extremely talented children on all levels, we look forward to raising the roofs once again with dance, joy, music and this glorious, famous and full of energy score!” shared director Jack O’Brien.

Choreographer Jerry Mitchell added, “HAIRSPRAY has always been about all of us dancing together! I’m thrilled to welcome this NEW company of amazing #FULLOUT talent 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 based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as creative consultant on the musical. It features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. HAIRSPRAY features an original score by Oscar-nominated Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The tour is produced by NETworks Presentations.

The additional creative team for HAIRSPRAY includes Tour Director Matt Lenz, Tour Choreographer Michele Lynch, Set Designer David Rockwell, Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner, Tour Lighting Designer Paul Miller, costume designer William Ivey Long, hair and wig designer Paul Huntley and Richard Mawbey, sound designer Shannon Slaton, music supervisor Lon Hoyt and cast of Stewart/Whitley.

HAIRSPRAY premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in June 2002. The show was a smash hit when it moved to Broadway, winning eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and becoming the musical oldest to perform at the Neil Simon Theatre, with 2,642 performances as of July. From January 18, 2002 to January 4, 2009. This is the 22nd longest running show in Broadway history.

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