HAIRSPRAY Quick Review

HAIRSPRAY presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through July 3. I attended the opening night performance.


“Welcome to the 60s” – Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad, Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West) as Edna Turnblad and company. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Originally scheduled for a January visit, (stoopid Covid), HAIRSPRAY returns to the Aronoff for a one-week engagement and blows the doors off the place.

This production boasts big voices and strong performances across the board and Tuesday night’s audience was as happy to be there as the performers were to be back on stage.

Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West) is hilarious as Edna Turnblad and when partnered with Christopher Swan as husband Wilbur, the pair could not be any more adorable. Also turning in some hysterical character work is Emanuaelle Zeesman as Prudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher, and the Matron.

Overall, a near perfect production that touches the heart and tickles the funny bone.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.


WHAT: Two (2) tickets per valid ID, 50% off day-of-show pricing

WHO: Students, seniors, teachers, current/former members of the military, first responders with ID or SNAP card holders.

WHEN: Valid for all performances; 2 hours prior to show

WHERE: In person at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office

Questions? Call 513.621.ARTS


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