By Lauren Grimaldi
Set in the early 1960s, the musical Hairspray hosted at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora is really something to see.
It follows Tracy Turnblad (Amelia Jo Parish) and her quest to get a spot on the Corny Collins Show. Along the way, she falls in love with the show’s heartthrob Link Larkin (Roosevelt University CCPA alumni Henry McGinniss), and stands out against the segregation laws that have restricted talented dancers from participating on the show.
From the opening number of “Good Morning Baltimore” to the show-stopping finale of “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the show is nothing but fun. It is fast paced and supported by a phenomenal cast.
The set is of utmost quality so much so that is surprising. Such a great production is almost not to be expected from a small theatre in the far suburbs of Chicago, but the Paramount’s Hairspray production is unquestionably up to par with anything you could see downtown.
While a quality story and good music combine to help to create something great, this talented, energetic cast is what serves to make it very special.
Fans will know the music from the original John Waters movie of the 1980s as well as the remake in 2007. However, it is not just a live production of these movies verbatim, but rather something much different, and perhaps better, than the films themselves.