Monday, May 3, 2010

In case you missed it - Manatee Players news

The Manatee Players has added the hit musical ‘Hairspray’ to its 2010-11 season. The musical will replace “The Drowsy Chaperone” next year. Artistic director Rick Kerby said the change was made because the community theater was the first in the Tampa Bay area to secure the rights to the show.

Whenever a new piece comes up, everybody clamors for it,” said Kerby. “We wanted to be the first to do it. I thought it was a good option for our patrons, to do something fresh.”

Especially since the “The Drowsy Chaperone” will make an appearance at two other area theaters. The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre will produce the musical in June, followed by Venice Theatre, which will produce it next April.

“Hairspray,” set for Jan. 13-30, 2011, is a dance comedy that takes place in 1962. Plus-sized Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to be on the city’s most popular TV dance show. When things start to go her way, she becomes an overnight sensation. But she still has to fight for the affections of her crush, vanquish the reigning Teen Queen and fight against the racial discrimination some of her friends are facing with the TV dance show. The musical features songs such as “Welcome to the ‘60s,” “It Takes Two” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”

Season subscriptions are now available. For more information, call 748-5875

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