Hairspray Put a Firm Hold on the Miracle Theatre Last Night
Then he started singing, and it was all over. As he threw his smoky, rich voice to roll perfectly over every note of his romantic rock song, "It Takes Two," we pretended he was directing his studly sweaty gaze directly at us. Just kidding. Kind of.
Her first song went over well, if not very memorably. But during her second song, "I Know Where I've Been," the actress unleashed her breathtaking instrument, bellowing with beauty and conviction in a performance that brought several members of the audience to their feet, though the show was far from over.
Few things have made us laugh harder than watching Arisco dance and sing a duet with Hoffman, the diminutive, jolly actor who played husband Wilbur. Hoffman was so comparatively small, he looked as though he could ride around quite comfortably on one of Arisco's giant house slippers. And yet, dare we say, the two had an utterly mesmerizing chemistry as they embraced and melodiously assured each other, "You're Timeless to Me." Weird, hilarious, and captivating, all at once.
And the endless parade of bubblegum-colored outfits the cast bounced, shucked, and jived around in was dazzling. Edna cast a huge shadow in her immense amorphous housedresses; resident evil mother-daughter duo Velma (Kim Cozort) and Amber Von Tussle (Celia Louise Merendi) lit up the scene in pukey, puffy, metallic-swirled chartreuse gowns.
Motormouth Maybelle's gold polyester pantsuit was nearly as loud as her powerful pipes; and Wilbur Turnblad's artistically awful high-water pants, polka-dot shirts, and over-sized corsages, all worn with adorably ignorant confidence, made for an eye-tickling kaleidoscope of polyester that deserved its own standing ovation. Props to costume designer Ellis Tillman.