Every summer you wonder, “Can they do it again?” And every year, two more memorable musicals provide outstanding entertainment for the summer. This year the hits are Hairspray (Music by Marc Chaiman; lyrics by Marc Chaiman and Scott Whitman) and Oliver! (Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart). Hairspray is alive with colour, vitality and superb choreography by Julie Tomaino. It’s an exuberant look at life in the 60s, with some wonderful messages about love and acceptance. Andy Toth as momma Edna Turnblad really puts this show over the top! The cast is top notch all around, with Erin E. walker as the heroine Tracy Turnblad and Dustin Freeland as her supportive boyfriend. Great singing from an ensemble cast that really works together. Music director Chris D. King does double duty also playing Corny Collins, the ebullient DJ. The unstoppable Sarah Rodgers directs.
Oliver! is one of those musicals you never tire of and this well designed production doesn’t miss, either. An overwhelming array of young talent in the members of the workhouse children. But special mention to Elizabeth Marie West as Nancy and Carly Ronning as Oliver. This is Carly’s first time at TUTS, but given her performance this year, we’re sure we’ll see her for many years to come. Make your summer complete with these wonderful shows, which run on alternate evenings at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, now through August 21. Hairspray is on even numbered days in July; odd-numbered days in August. Oliver! is on odd-numbered days in July; even-numbered days in August.
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