Jennie Neumann stars in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s new production of Hairspray, the ‘big fat musical hit.’ She joins Joseph Planta to talk about the show, her role as Tracy Turnblad, and more.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
The Arts Club Theatre Company has Hairspray, the ‘big fat musical hit’ on its Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage running eight times a week until 10 July 2011. You’re taken back to 1960s Baltimore, seeing big hairdos and listening to doo-wop, as the zaftig Tracy Turnblad wants to realise her dream of dancing on a local television program. She also wants to contribute in the area of civil rights by making every day ‘Negro Day.’ Hairspray, a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film, debuted on Broadway to great acclaim nearly a decade ago, winning eight Tony Awards. In the role of Tracy is Jennie Neumann, a graduate from Capilano’s Musical Theatre program. In the role of Tracy’s mother Edna, since Jay Brazeau’s illness, is Andy Toth. Opening night last Wednesday was a smash. The dancing is infectious, and the music is catchy. You can’t stop the beat, as it were. Visit www.artsclub.com for tickets, and www.jennieneumann.ca for more information. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Jennie Neumann; Good morning, Ms. Neumann.