Norman Pace (Wilbur Turnblad)

The new regional tour of hit musical Hairspray will open at the Wales Millennium Centre on 16th August, and casting has been confirmed for the 37 week tour circuit.

Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as lead female Tracy Turnblad, while Norman Pace (ITV1’s The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad.

They will be joined by Matt Rixon (The Ladykillers, Around the World in 80 Days) reprising his role as Edna Turnblad and musical theatre star Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor) returning as Motormouth Maybelle.

Layton Williams (Bad Education, Rent) will star as Seaweed, Gina Murray (Chicago, Full Monty) as Velma Von Tussle, and Jon Tsouras (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Crazy for You) as Corny Collins.

Further confirmed cast members include Aimee Moore as Amber Von Tussle; Annalise Liard-Bailey as Penny Pingleton; and Monifa James as Little Inez.

Hairspray synopsis

Hairspray is set in Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV.

Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

The musical features hits including Welcome to the 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, and The Nicest Kids in Town.

More about the Hairspray tour

The UK tour will visit venues including the Winter Gardens in Blackpool; Curve in Leicester; The Mayflower in Southampton; the Sheffield Lyceum; and the New Theatre in Hull, plus many more.

Group travel organisers are encouraged to contact their chosen theatre to find out about group rates and discounts.

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