Center for the Arts Kicks Off the 2018 Season with Hairspray the Broadway Musical


The Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 season with Hairspray the Broadway Musical, co-directed by Denise Parton and Brittany Griffin. Performances run January 5-21, 2018.

Based on the 1988 film by John Waters, Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, who has never been part of the “in” crowd until winning a coveted spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show,” where overnight she becomes a teen idol. Tracy quickly becomes a trendsetter and uses her popularity to help change the show’s segregation policy.

With Belmont University’s Tori Kocher as Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray the Musical is chock full of toe-tapping 60’s-style production numbers and downtown rhythm and blues. Hairspray is sure to get audience members dancing in the aisles!

Denise Parton, Hairspray co-director shares, “After the show was cast, we had to cancel our rehearsal for Saturday, October 28th because of the White Lives Matter rally that was scheduled to be held downtown. At one time, different races could not even dance together, like in Hairspray. We think we have come so far, but have we really? It’s a shame that such a rally could even be requested in this day. We are proud of the way our community stepped forward and showed that we won’t tolerate hate.”

Brittany Griffin, co-director states, “My favorite line in the show can be found in the hit song, ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’. It says, ‘You can’t stop today, as it comes speeding down the track. Child yesterday is history and it’s never coming back. Cause tomorrow is a brand-new day and it don’t know white from black.’ I feel this is the message of the entire show. The old way of segregation and treating those different than you as less than, because you don’t understand them, needs to be left in the past with history. Murfreesboro experienced this on a personal level October 28th. Thankfully we stood together in love and kept the hate away. This show is a celebration of that.”

To make the show a full downtown experience, show patrons will receive a promotional code to receive 10% off when they dine at Puckett’s Murfreesboro before or after the show.

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MEDIA SCREENING: Thursday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. To request a press pass, email [email protected]

MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE DATES: January 5-21, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

PERFORMANCE VENUE: The Center for the Arts | 110 W College St Murfreesboro, TN 37130

COST: Adult: $15.00 Seniors/Students/Military: $13.00 Child: $11.00 Discount of $2.00 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

TICKETS & SEASON PASSES: or 615-904-2787

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