June 28, 2012 11:00 PM

‘Hairspray’ the New Theatre: Great voices, fine performances

“Hairspray” is a musical with heart and a sense of humor that never wears out its welcome, and the New Theatre production captures all the show’s strengths. Based on the 1988 John Waters film about the power of pop music to break down racial barriers in the early 1960s, the stage show has a life-affirming, humanistic quality that’s irresistible.

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