Broadway star and two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar will lead the cast of the musical comedy phenomenon Hairspray, playing Starlight Theatre July 27 – Aug. 2. Hairspray’s director, principal and ensemble cast will also include a number of performers with Kansas City roots, many of whom are making their return to the Starlight Theatre stage!
Oscar stars in the iconic role of Edna, Tracy Turnblad’s mother, in Hairspray. Oscar’s most notable Broadway credits include The Producers (Franz Liebkind/Max Bialystock), The Addams Family (Uncle Fester), Big Fish (Amos Calloway) and most recently, Something Rotten!, in which he originated the role of Nostradamus. Hairspray is the critically-acclaimed actor’s second production at Starlight – he was previously seen in The Producers as Max Bialystock in 2010.
Broadway veteran turned Kansas City local Jerry Jay Cranford serves as the show’s director and choreographer. Some of Cranford’s previous credits include Aladdin (Starlight Children’s Theatre), Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (Coterie Theatre) and Les Misérables (Merry Go Round Theater).
Hairspray takes you back to 1962 Baltimore, as 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair!) change the world… and still have time to win the boy she loves?