Wednesday May 6, 2009 / 7:30pmHairspray: the Musical
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
How was your experience?
Excellent production. I saw the Los Angeles production straight from Broadway with Marissa Jaret Winokur as Tracy and Bruce Vinanch as Edna. While I didn't think anyone could possibly hold a candle to Marissa in this role, the star of this production (whose name escapes me at the moment) was wonderful, and she really surprised me. Great singing voice, good dance moves, very bubbly. She really had everyone pulling for her. The man who played Edna was wonderful - much better than Bruce, although I'd have loved to have seen Harvey Fierstein in the Broadway production. The rest of the cast was similarly great (although Link's voice was just a little weak for the role - maybe just an off night). I would highly recommend this show. The songs are wonderful, and you'll be rushing to the lobby to buy the original cast recording (which is great). There was a sustained standing o on my night, and it was well deserved. As others have said, people were dancing and clapping and cheering at the end. It was great. The only gripes were not the fault of the production. The orchestra drowned out the singing in many places, but I think this is a problem with the acoustics of the theater, not the production itself. The Terrace is a wonderful venue for concerts, but a bit clumsy for plays and musicals (imho). We did have good orchestra seats, in the 16th row, almost dead center, but the orchestra only has 2 entrances, one on each side, and the guy checking tickets on our side was SLOOOOOOOOW, so after the chimes, there was a huge line waiting to get in the theater, and many people didn't make it before the first act started, so there was a great commotion after the first number to get people to their seats. Really distracted from the show. The Terrace really needs to work on this, as it's been a problem at other events I've been to there.