June 18, 2018

Hairspray Jr.

Riverdale Junior Rising Stars



Hairspray Jr.

Six Performances Only

Beginning on Memorial Day!

May 30 – June 9, 2016

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Tease your hair, put on your dancing shoes, and welcome to the 60s!  Riverdale Junior Rising Stars proudly presents HAIRSPRAY JR., a condensed version of the beloved Broadway musical about big hair and bigger dreams.  This production will be performed for six performances only:

Memorial Day: Monday, May 30: 1pm, 5pm

Thursday, June 2: 7:30pm

Sunday, June 5: 3:30pm, 6pm

Thursday, June 9: 7pm

Performances will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (just off of Riverdale Avenue and West 256th Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY.  Running time is approximately 90 minutes.

Advance tickets are $12 (students/seniors) and $20 (adults) and may be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838.3006 or online.   Day-of-show tickets may be purchased at the door prior to showtime for $14 (students and seniors) and $22 (adults).


It’s 1962, change is in the air, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to integrate a TV network. The rhythm of her new beat just might prove unstoppable.

HAIRSPRAY JR. is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters.   The show features a book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.  It premiered on Broadway in 2002, eventually running for over 2,500 performances, and won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  A film adaptation starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Zac Efron was a box office hit in 2007.  Later this year, NBC will present a live staging on TV starring Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Short.

Featuring a rotating cast of 70 children ages 7 to 11 from Riverdale, Upper Manhattan, Yonkers, and beyond, the Riverdale Junior Rising Stars production of HAIRSPRAY JR. is co-directed by Brittany Dorazio, Aine Lafferty, and Carter Ellis.  The design team includes Eric Zoback (Set Design), Jenna Lyons and Jenna Solomon (Scenic painting), Penelope Margeotes (Costume Design), and David Pentz (Lighting Design).  The teenagers of Riverdale Rising Stars previously presented the full-length version of HAIRSPRAY in their 2010-2011 season.