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   from the issue of October 18, 2007

'Hairspray' blows into Lied Oct. 27-29

"Hairspray," the Broadway musical that inspired a major motion film, is coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts Oct. 27-29.

In "Hairspray" it's 1962 - the '50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion-to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do?

"Hairspray" is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. It features a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

The Lied Center will offer pre-performance talks half an hour before each performance in the Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

"Hairspray" will play the Lied at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27; and 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets are $60 and $55. Students with a valid NCard and youth 18 and younger may purchase tickets for half price.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to or call 472-4747.



Sheldon marks 'Day of the Dead' Oct. 27
American Life in Poetry
'Date With a Masterpiece' is Nov. 2 at the Sheldon
'Hairspray' blows into Lied Oct. 27-29
Moon missions documentary opens Oct. 26
Oct. 29 'Solid Blues' features Musselwhite, Staples, Korwn, North Mississippi Allstars
Pacifica String Quartet to perform Oct. 21
Shepherd signing Oct. 20
University Singers to perform Oct. 19 in Kimball Hall
Yamato drums to play Oct. 24