Actor rehearses in car
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 email@example.com 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 iTICKET.co.nz or phone 361 1000.