'Hairspray' plays at Deb Fennell Auditorium July 1 to 24

by: Craig Mitchelldyer WHO’S THAT MAN IN THE DRESS? – “Hairspray” wouldn’t be “Hairspray” without a man playing the role of Tracy’s mom Edna. Dan Murphy (right) plays Edna Turnblad, while Ron Daum plays Wilbur and Blythe Woodland plays Tracy.

The Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents "Hairspray" July 1 through July 24, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Saturday, July 16 and 23, at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 S.W. Durham Road.

The show takes place in 1962, when pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one dream - to dance on television's popular "Corny Collins Show" where white kids dance to black music. The show clearly has prejudices against overweight teens as well as being staunchly against integration on he dance floor.

Against all odds, Tracy's dream comes true, and she is transformed overnight from outsider to teen celebrity.

Tickets prices are $28 to $35 for adults, with $20 tickets available for those age 6 to 25. For a full listing of show performances or to order tickets visit www.broadwayrose.org, or call the box office at 503-620-5262.