Just saw the Manila production of Hairspray by Atlantis at the Star City Theater and let me just say Mike de Mesa rocks as Edna Turnblad! Haha. I’ll write a review in a couple of days for Libre. This was my first stage version, and my only reference is the movie adaptation though clips of the Broadway versions are available on YouTube.
in a nutshell, newbies and fans who’ve already seen the show abroad should see this staging for the following reasons: Dulce (who may not have the greatest moves onstage but boy, can her voice make the ground quake), the colorful stage design and costumes by designer Gino Gonzales, the ever-magical Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma Von Tussle AND you have just got to see Michael de Mesa as EDNA TURNBLAD! I saw Mike’s partner Julie outside the theater after the show and the first thing she said to me was, “ang ganda ni Mike no?” Haha. Yes Julie, he looked beautiful especially in the last number. And he sung and danced great, too.
Hairspray runs until December 7 at the Star Theater, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.