Hairspray

Really, you can't stop the beat. Chanhassen may not be the epitome of cool, but here's something that may be worth the trip to exurbia. Based on John Waters's 1988 look back on his Baltimore youth and the televised dance shows that brought R&B to the lily-white neighborhoods, the musical includes tunes by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (who contributed songs to South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), and is packed with irreverent asides as well as a serious look at early-'60s race relations. It centers on dance-crazed Tracy Turnblad and her desire to integrate not just the dance programs, but the whole city. While Chanhassen's version won't feature the original production's famed "Lite-Brite" wall, director Michael Brindisi has worked wonders with the venue's somewhat limited stage and resources throughout the years.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, 1 p.m. Starts: Aug. 5. Continues through May 26, 2011

 
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