Lizzie Bea & Marisha Wallace will join Michael Ball in Hairspray

25 Oct
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff

Casting for the West End production of Hairspray just got even more exciting as it was announced that Lizzie Bea & Marisha Wallace would be joining Michael Ball in the 2020 production at the London Coliseum.

Lizzie Bea will star in the iconc role of Tracy Tunblad. Bea is currently performing in the UK tour of Kinky Boots and has just returned from Atlanta, performing in the world premiere production of Becoming Nancy (Alliance Theatre).

Acclaimed West End star Marisha Wallace will take the role of Motormouth. Wallace won rave reviews when she took over from Amber Riley in the smash hit Dreamgirls (at the Savoy Theatre), and has just finished starring in the original West End cast of Waitress (Adelphi Theatre). Michael Ball returns to his Olivier Award-winning role of Edna Turnblad.

Hairspray, the huge hearted, multi-award-winning smash hit musical, is extending its season and will now play at the London Coliseum for 18 weeks, beginning performances on 23 April 2020 (press night is 29 April). The original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell are also in place to stage the musical with a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan and a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The original New York production of Hairspray won three Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, whilst the original West End production won four Olivier Awards, also including Best New Musical, as well giving Ball one of his two Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.

Additional casting is to be announced.