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Collin Theatre Center has the Beat

Production of Hairspray kicks off spring season

February 15, 2012  – You can't stop the beat.

The Collin Theatre Center is staging the hit Broadway musical comedy and major motion picture Hairspray to start its spring slate of shows.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3 and 7-10 and at 2:15 p.m., Sunday, March 4 and Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11. All shows will be at the John Anthony Theatre at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Tickets are $15 and seating is general admission.

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Audience members will be guided to Baltimore in the year 1962, where big hair, big heart and change are in the air.

This inspiringly fun musical, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray features a plump teenager with big hair trying to integrate a television show while searching for true love at the same time. Traci goes from outcast to insider when she wins a spot on the popular Corny Collins Show. But can she beat the program’s reigning princess, win the love of Link Larkin and integrate the show against the wishes of the nicest kids in town?

With plenty of 60s-inspired dance music, Hairspray is suitable for most audiences, but parental discretion is advised.

Hairspray is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who served as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. It features a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Hairspray features an original score by Academy Award-nominated Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the acclaimed animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

For tickets and other information, call the Collin Theatre Center Box Office at 972.881.5809 or visit web at

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