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HAIRSPRAY – Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning musical comedy phenomenon. This new North American tour, helmed by original director Jack O’Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

WHO:           Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center


WHEN:         June 4 – 9, 2024

                      Tues – Thurs at 7:30pm | Fri at 8pm | Sat at 2 & 8pm | Sun at 1:30 & 7:00pm

WHERE:       The Hobby Center | 800 Bagby Street | Houston, TX 77002

TICKETS:      Start at $35. Available online at or, and in person at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call (888) 451-5986 or e-mail

HAIRSPRAY is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the ’60s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

The additional creative team for HAIRSPRAY includes Tour Director Matt Lenz, Tour Choreographer Robbie Roby, Set Designer David Rockwell, Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner, Tour Lighting Designer Paul Miller, Costume Designer William Ivey Long, Hair and Wig Designers Paul Huntley and Bernie Ardia, Sound Designer Shannon Slaton, Music Supervisor Keith Thompson, and Casting by Prather Productions.

This new touring production reunites Broadway’s award-winning creative team, led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell, to bring HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theater audiences. 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. HAIRSPRAY features an original score by Academy Award-nominated Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.