The HAIRSPRAY Tour will play at the Eccles Theater in April 2023

HAIRSPRAY, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenom on Broadway, goes on sale Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. This new North American tour, led by original director Jack O’Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will take place April 11-16, 2023 in Salt Lake City at the Eccles Theatre. To purchase tickets,, call 801.355.2787 (ARTS) or visit the Eccles Theater box office, 131 South Main (Monday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-2pm). Ticket prices start at $49 plus applicable fees. Learn more about the new touring production at

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 Charlie Bryant III as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Nick Cortazzo as Link Larkin, Ralph Prentice Daniel as Wilbur Turnblad, Billy Dawson as Corny Collins, Ryahn Evers as Amber Von Tussle, Addison Garner as Velma Von Tussle, Emery Henderson as Penny Pingleton and Joi D. McCoy as Little Inez.

The ensemble consists of Sydney Archibald, Kelly Barberito, Tommy Betz, Helene Britany, Caroline Eiseman, Melanie Puente Ervin, Craig First, Alex Fullerton, Annie Gagen, Carly Haig, Lauren Johnson, Sabrina Joseph, Greg Kalafatas, Kyle Kavully, Matthew J. Kelly, McLaine Meachem, Faith Northcutt, Nicholas Dion Reese, Sage, Micah Sauvageau, Clint Maddox Thompson, Jade Turner, Mickey White and Emmanuelle Zeesman.

“It’s a whole new world we find ourselves in today, and HAIRSPRAY is even more relevant than it was twenty years ago when it burst onto the scene. With the renewed and refreshed energy of unforgettable “Nina West” as Edna and a whole new generation of extremely talented kids on all levels, we can’t wait to raise the various roofs again with dance, joy, music and this glorious, famous and full of energy score!” shared director Jack O’Brien.

Choreographer Jerry Mitchell added, “HAIRSPRAY has always been about all of us dancing together! I’m thrilled to welcome this NEW company of amazing #FULLOUT 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 score of hit songs such as “Welcome to the ’60s”, “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”,

This new touring production brings together Broadway’s award-winning creative team, led by director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, to introduce 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 Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The tour is produced by NETworks Presentations.

The additional creative team for HAIRSPRAY includes Tour Director Matt Lenz, Tour Choreographer Robbie Roby, Set Designer David Rockwell, Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner, Tour Lighting Designer Paul Miller, costume designer William Ivey Long, hair and wig designer Paul Huntley, Richard Mawbey and Bernie Ardia. , sound designer Shannon Slaton, music supervisor Keith Thompson and the cast of 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 musical longest running performance at the Neil Simon Theatre, with 2,642 performances of From July 18, 2002 to January 4, 2009. It is the 22nd longest-running show in Broadway history.

The John Gore Organization is the leading presenter, marketer and distributor of Broadway theater worldwide. Led by 18-time award-winning producer and theater owner John Gore, his family of companies includes Broadway Across America,, The Broadway Channel,, Group Sales Box Office and Broadway Brands. The company presents shows in 48 cities across North America as well as Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Japan and China. He has won Tony Awards in all production categories as well as numerous other Drama League, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards. The John Gore Organization is committed to supporting theater access and education programs that introduce Broadway to the next generation of theater audiences and professionals.

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Herman C. Harkins