Hairspray ‘can’ set Alban Arena alight next week

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A blast of Hairspray will keep audiences busy at the Alban Arena next week.

The award winning St Albans Musical Theatre Company (formerly Operatic Society) returns to the theatre with the musical Hairspray from next Tuesday, November 10, until Saturday, November 14.

Set in Baltimore in 1962, Tracy Turnblad’s dream has always been to dance on the Corny Collins Show. When she wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets an array of colourful characters.

On the back of her new-found fame, Tracy launches a campaign to allow black people to dance on the show and put an end to the segregation her friends are victims of.

Hairspray, which has been a hit in both the West End and on Broadway as well as adapted for the big screen, contains many well-known musical numbers including Good Morning Baltimore, Welcome to the 60s and You Can’t Stop the Beat.

Performances are at 7.45pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets at £18.50. £17.50 and restricted view £10 are available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or click here.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with guest stars The Jiving Lindy Hoppers will be In The Mood when they come to the Arena next Sunday, November 15.

Bandleader Ray McVay is putting on a brand-new show for 2015 with vocalists Colin Anthony and Catherine Sykes joining the orchestra and The Moonlight Serenaders providing harmonies

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Glenn Miller’s exact stage line-up of a band leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist has been maintained.

The band’s repertoire consists of over 200 pieces, which include arrangements from both the civilian and Army/Air Force orchestras together with contributions from the world’s greatest arrangers, including Jerry Gray, Billy May and Bill Finegan.

The performance begins at 3pm and tickets are £23 with concessions £2 off.