Ac­tor re­hearses in car

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

In ac­tor Andrew Allen’s opin­ion there is no bet­ter place to re­hearse than the car.

And that’s ex­actly what he has been do­ing as he pre­pares for his new role as Corny Collins in the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Hair­spray.

‘‘I sing in my car con­stantly and people laugh at me at the traf­fic lights.

‘‘I’ve lost the shame that you are sup­posed to have when some­one spots you. I just keep go­ing.’’

Hair­spray, the Broad­way mu­si­cal that has won eight Tony Awards, is open­ing at SkyCity Theatre on Au­gust 16.

The en­er­getic show is be­ing put on by North Shore Mu­sic Theatre as part of its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

‘‘The show is so fun, you can’t walk out of the theatre with­out hum­ming the mu­sic,’’ the Kings­land res­i­dent says.

‘‘It’s in­fec­tiously joy­ous and it’s just got heart.’’

The show is based on the book by Mark O’Don­nell and Thomas Mee­han with mu­sic by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Di­rec­tor Grant Meese says Hair­spray is one of the most high­en­ergy dance shows ever per­formed on Broad­way.

‘‘It’s a fun piece writ­ten about the 1960s when seg­re­ga­tion was a big topic,’’ Meese says.

The show fol­lows the story of Tracy Turn­blad, a budding singer who gets thrust into the spot­light af­ter per­form­ing on Corny Collins’ tele­vi­sion show.

‘‘Corny Collins is the ul­ti­mate cheese­ball ba­si­cally,’’ Allen says.

‘‘You can­not sit through this show with­out grin­ning from ear-to-ear.’’

Email your name, ad­dress and day­time con­tact de­tails to by 5pm on Au­gust 3 and you’ll go onto the draw to win Key role: Andrew Allen of Kings­land will play Corny Collins when the Broad­way mu­si­cal Hair­spray kicks off at SkyCity Theatre. a dou­ble pass to one of the per­for­mances. Tick­ets can also be bought on­line at or phone 361 1000.

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