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Broadway show 'Hairspray' opening in Las Vegas



Published: Sat, January 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Another Broadway show is heading west.

This time, it's the musical "Hairspray," the eight-time Tony Award winner that will move into its own theater at the Luxor hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

"This is a big one," show producer Myron Martin told The Associated Press on Thursday. "This is such a beautiful fit for Vegas."

"Hairspray" is slated to open in late November at the pyramid-shaped Luxor, Martin said. The original will remain in New York City.

The production will cost about $12 million, Martin said.

A spot opened up at the Luxor after the Blue Man Group decided to move up the street to The Venetian mega-resort. The deal had been in the works for about a year, Martin said.

The Las Vegas version of "Hairspray" will be a 90-minute, intermission-less version of the show. The Broadway production runs more than two hours.

After the Luxor theater is renovated, it will hold 1,550 people, Martin said.

The show is a stage adaptation of John Waters' 1988 cult film, set in Baltimore, about a chubby girl who achieves her dream of dancing on a local sock-hop television show.

Martin said the show should appeal to Las Vegas audiences that are short on time and distracted by the many sights and sounds of the Strip.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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