Ten Reasons to Attend the Skylight Music Theater's Hairspray

Ten Reasons to Attend the Skylight Music Theater's Hairspray

By Livia Peterson

The holiday spirit is in full throttle such as the Milwaukee Chamber Theater's Christmas in Babylon, the Next Act Theater's Twelve Dates, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and A Christmas Carol to name a few options. 

Despite it is far from holiday themed, the Skylight Music Theater's Hairspray, the beloved musical examining discrimination and how we see ourselves. The run is extended due to demand and indeed, it is that good. Therefore, the ten reasons why you should not miss Hairspray in the Cabot Theater at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 North Broadway in the historic Third Ward). Continues through Sunday, December 30, 2018. Purchase tickets here or call 414-291-7800.

  • Despite the actress is underused, Bethany Thomas shines as Motormouth Maybelle. She just killed it, as she did in the Milwaukee Rep's Songs For Nobodies.

  • The impressive young talent. Brilliant as ever, they never upstage or downstage their adult counterparts.

  • Immediately upon the opening number Good Morning, Baltimore, one will realize omg, the stage adaptation is so much better than the 2007 film of the same name.

  • Ryan Cappleman's choreography is groovy and indeed, you may be dancing in the seat.

  • If you indeed see the 1988 or 2007 film, you may be singing along as well.

  • Energetic and empowering, you may not want the intermission.

  • As the arts nurture the soul, Hairspray provides smiles and complete satisfaction. Easily the best Skylight production I've attended thus far.

  • Despite extremely understated, the relevant themes still hit close to home. Identity (such as white versus black and middle class versus wealthy), obesity, and political perspectives are discussed.

  • The aforementioned themes may go over children’s heads, but adults commence conversations. Theatre is more than entertainment, in the same vein it nurtures the soul and examines why we are human.

  • Parents: If your child LOVES this production, do not hesitate to attend more live theatrical productions. A little story: I grew up watching films and attending theatre with my family and if it weren't for them, I would not be covering film and theatre.

Grade: A

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