Hairspray and Crazy For You among new shows coming to Birmingham Hippodrome

Hairspray and Crazy For You are coming to Birmingham Hippodrome next year.

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The high-energy feel-good musical Crazy for You will be at the Hippodrome

The theatre has announced details of new shows for 2017.

It includes the return of pantomime Cinderella and Hairspray, which runs from October 10 to 14.

No cast has been set – but the story, based in the 1960s, tells of Tracy Turnblad.

The story follows her as she dances her way onto national TV.

Also among the new shows is Crazy For You. From the producer of Calamity Jane and Sister Act, the high-energy show is a feel-good musical starring Tom Chambers, of Top Hat and winner of Strictly Come Dancing.

The romantic comedy is filled with great dance numbers, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You.

The show runs from October 24 to 28. Also next year is the return of West End and Broadway smash-hit La Cage aux Folles starring John Partridge and Adrian Zmed, Funny Girl featuring Sheridan Smith, The Addams Family and the Olivier Award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

Fiona Allan, artistic director and chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “We always get the biggest names in West End shows and we’re delighted to welcome Sheridan Smith back for her highly-praised role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

“A huge hit on Broadway, The Addams Family is on it first UK tour. I can’t wait to see how it is staged – creepy and kooky works for me. Another first time UK tour is the inspirational story of singer-songwriter Carole King, Beautiful.

“I’ve long been a great believer in the power that arts and culture have to bring communities together, to create a more coherent society, and to help people view the world around them differently.

“Now more than ever, cultural organisations need to reach out across income, age, education and ethnic divides, to bring people together. Through 2017, we will be opening our doors during the daytime to engage with the broadest community.”

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