This week sees the feel-good musical sensation, Hairspray, burst onto the Birmingham Hippodrome stage until Sat 14 October starring ITV comedy legend, Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad, much-loved musical comedy star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and West End and television star Layton Williams as Seaweed.
To celebrate the show’s arrival in Birmingham, Rebecca Mendoza and Matt Rixon – who play the irrepressible Tracey and Edna Turnblad in the hit show – took time away from their busy performance schedule to enjoy some quality mother-daughter time soaking up the atmosphere of Le Keux Vintage Salon, one of Birmingham’s most popular vintage fashion and make up haunts.
Located in the nearby Custard Factory development, stars of the show Matt and Rebecca swapped the bright lights of the stage for the sights, sounds and smells of an all-American hair and make-up salon, posing for a 60s-inspired photo shoot complete with vintage hairdryers, speciality milkshakes and a whole lot of hairspray!
As well as picking up some top fashion from the venue’s resident experts, there was plenty of time for the stars of the show to let their hair down with a pamper-session and make-up tutorial followed by a bite to eat at Le Keux’s pop-up Milkshake bar and diner.
It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards.
The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.