By Alice T. Carter, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"Hairspray" is a musical about big hair, big hips and big hearts.
The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production that runs through Aug. 1 adds a fourth "H": a big hit.
The animated, energized cast, swiftly paced directing and lively dance numbers create a show that sparkles with good vibes and abundant humor.
The musical adaptation of John Waters' 1988 cult film returns to 1962 Baltimore, when televised teenage dance-party shows were the equivalent of reality TV, bouffant hair was literally and figuratively big, and racial segregation was legally enforced.