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‘The Nicest Kids in Town’

‘The Nicest Kids in Town’

Albuquerque Little Theatre performs "Hairspray: The Musical," the theatrical adaptation of John Waters' filmic paean to Baltimore.

ALT Performs “Hairspray: The Musical”

BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS

Underground filmmaker John Waters scored an unlikely mainstream hit in 1988 with “Hairspray,” starring Divine, Ricki Lake, Deborah Harry and Sonny Bono. Less than 15 years later, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan transformed Waters’ tribute to 1960s Baltimore into a Broadway smash hit.

Hairspray: The Musical” earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Although “Hairspray” exited the Great White Way in 2009, and Burqueños are far removed from the work’s Atlantic coastal setting, local theater fans can still enjoy the adventures of plus-sized hair hopper Tracy Turnblad as she lands a spot on her favorite local dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.”

“Hairspray” opens Friday, May 27, at Albuquerque Little Theatre (224 San Pasquale SW) and runs through June 19. Catch it on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets range from $14 to $24. For more info, call 242-4750, ext. 2, or visit albuquerquelittletheatre.org

FRIDAY, MAY 27-SUNDAY, JUNE 19
Theater: ‘Hairspray: The Musical’
Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale SW, 242-4750, albuquerquelittletheatre.org

Photo credit: Randy Talley

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