January 20, 2016 – February 21, 2016
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“So much fun… pure energy… must-see… Dean’s List ‘A'” Dean Richards, WGN-TV & Radio

“Infectious beat… Broadway-size spectacle… worth the trip? Absolutely” Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Larger-than-life… an engine of motion… highly recommended” Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program.

When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.

Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone.


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Bring home a piece of Paramount’s biggest season yet. From t-shirts to magnets to mugs and more, we’ve got something for everyone. Be sure to visit any of the Broadway Merchandise stations in the Grand Gallery during intermission, before or after any Broadway performance. CLICK HERE to check out all our available merchandise.


There will be two certified sign interpreters translating all dialogue and lyrics into American Sign Language at Hairspray on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. To reserve your tickets, call 630.896.6666 or email boxoffice@paramountarts.com with subject line: Sign Interpreted Performance.


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Meet the Team


Amelia Jo Parish

Tracy Turnblad

making Paramount Theatre debut

Michael Kingston

Edna Turnblad

previously in Cinderella, Hairspray, and Groundhog Day

E. Faye Butler *

Motormouth Maybelle

making Paramount Theatre debut

Devin DeSantis *

Corny Collins

previously in Into the Woods, Kinky Boots, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Les Misérables and The Who’s Tommy

Gilbert Domally *

Seaweed J. Stubbs

previously in Legally Blonde, HairsprayThe Little MermaidJesus Christ SuperstarElf and Cabaret

Michael Ehlers *

Wilber Turnblad

previously in Legally Blonde, Elf, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Newsies, and Rock of Ages

Landree Fleming *

Penny Pingleton

previously in Hairspray

Henry McGinniss *

Link Larkin

making Paramount Theatre debut

Samantha Pauly *

Amber Von Tussle

previously in Hairspray

Heather Townsend *

Velma Von Tussle

making Paramount Theatre debut

Ariana Burks

Little Inez

Previously in Hairspray.

David Davis


making Paramount Theatre debut

Annie Jo Ermel

Tammy, u/s Penny Pingleton

making Paramount Theatre debut

Adam Fane *

IQ, u/s Link Larkin

previously in Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The Producers, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia, Hairspray and Mary Poppins

Megan E. Farley *

Brenda, u/s Female Authority Figure

Allyson Graves *

Lou Ann/Ensemble

previously in The Wizard of OzElf, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Hairspray, Oklahoma! and Mary Poppins

Allie Jae

Kamilah, Dynamite

making Paramount Theatre debut

Danielle Jackman

Lorraine, Ensemble, u/s Dynamites, u/s Little Inez

making Paramount Theatre debut

Alex John Johnson


making Paramount Theatre debut

Reneisha J Jenkins *

Shayna, Dynamite, u/s Motormouth Maybelle

making Paramount Theatre debut

George Keating *

Male Authority Figure, u/s Edna Turnblad, u/s Wilbur Turnblad

previously in Beauty and the Beast, Elf, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Les Misérables, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

James Lee *

Fender, u/s Male Authority Figure, u/s Corny Collins

previously in My Fair Lady

Mallory Maedke

Cindy, u/s Tracy Turnblad

previously in HairsprayMamma Mia! and The Little Mermaid

Ericka Mac *

Female Authority Figure, u/s Velma Von Tussle, Dance Captain

previously in CATS

John Marshall Jr.


making Paramount Theatre debut

Brian A. Nelson Jr.


Paramount Theatre debut

Mollyanne Nunn

Shelley, u/s Amber Von Tussle

making Paramount Theatre debut

Jaymes Osborne

Gilbert, u/s Seaweed J. Stubbs

making Paramount Theatre debut

Carlita Victoria *

Judine, Dynamite

making Paramount Theatre debut

Phil Young


Paramount Theatre Debut

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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