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PHOTO PROVIDED The cast of “Hairspray” is pictured at a previous performance.

UNIVERSITY PARK — “Hairspray,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon is on sale now. This new North American tour, led by original director Jack O’Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets are $68 and $59 for an adult, $50 and $41 for a University Park student, and $51 and $42 for someone 18 and under and are available online at Tickets are also available by phone at 814-863-0255 or in person at the Eisenhower Auditorium from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State Student Awards possible.

Learn more about the new touring production at the Center for the Performing Arts online.

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, Jamonte 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 Kalea Leverette plays Little Inez. The ensemble members are Caroline Daye Attayek, Kelly Barberito, Helene Britany, Kobe Brown, Tanner Callicutt, Shante Clarke, Ryahn Evers, Carly Haig, Michael Harmon, Michael Corey Hassel, Kaleb Jenkins, Greg Kalafatas, Gabriel Kearns, Stevie LeWarne Jr., Nichelle Lewis, Brendan Morris, Faith Northcutt, Adam Blake Raque, Nadia Ra’Shaun, Renee Reid, Micah Sauvageau, Gabriyel Thomas and Emmanuelle Zeesman.

“It’s a whole new world we find ourselves in today, and ‘Hairspray’ is even more relevant than 20 years ago when it burst onto the scene. With renewed energy and refreshed with the unforgettable Nina West as Edna and a whole new generation of hugely talented kids on all levels, we can’t wait to raise the roofs once again with dance, joy, music and that glorious, famous, high-energy Goal!” said director Jack O’Brien.

“‘Hairspray’ has always been about all of us dancing together,” added choreographer Jerry Mitchell. “I’m thrilled to welcome this new company of incredible 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 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 sheet music of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60s” “Hello Baltimore” and “You can’t stop the beat”, “Hairspray” East “fresh, winning and deliciously melodious! » (The New York Times).

This new touring production brings together Broadway’s award-winning creative team, led by O’Brien and Mitchell, to bring “Hairspray” to a new generation of theatergoers. “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 Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The tour is produced by NETworks Presentations.

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 designers Paul Huntley and Richard Mawbey, sound designer Shannon Slaton, music supervisor Lon Hoyt and Casting by 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 most former to play at the Neil Simon Theatre, with 2,642 performances from July. January 18, 2002 to January 4, 2009. This is the 22nd longest running show in Broadway history.

Geisinger, Northwest, The Village at Penn State, Designer’s Studio and Kish Bank are sponsoring the performance.

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Laura J. Boyer