Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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In honor of American Stage's 'Hairspray,' 5 shows with the biggest hair

What's that smell?

That's the smell of big hair, baby. Slightly tinny, slightly chemical, somehow soothing to the soul. That's hairspray for you. And that's Hairspray for you.

American Stage in the Park is back for another year of picnic entertainment at Demen's Landing Park in St. Petersburg, this time welcoming us to 1960s Baltimore. Our photographer Eve Edelheit had a great time on set snapping shots of the cast in giant bouffant and beehive wigs, a signature of the show. Peep the pics.

And here's a fun fact you'll find by reading Andrew Meacham's story. One of the cast members doubles as Hairspray's wig designer. "Hairspray wig designer" is a great addition to any resume, no matter your field. I'm in full support of the local theater community building in at least one big hair show a season. Here are some ideas.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig's famous platinum hair evolved from toilet paper rolls to complicated feats of engineering. The show's hair artist Mike Potter described the wigs to the Hollywood Reporter thusly: "A lot of them are pieces attached that make it turn into another wig. All of his wig changes have to be a piece of hair that gets snapped out, or a lot of his wigs are magnetized so he can duck behind a car with a magnet, so he can change in a split second."

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

It's 1909 up in here, so you know the ringlets are ready to rage. The character of Sibella Hallward has the kind of major blond locks Edwardian Barbie could only dream about.

Annie

It's easy to toss around the word iconic, but here's a good time to do it: Annie's wig. It's like Elvis' jumpsuit or Kurt Cobain's sweater. I could be wearing a beekeeper suit and plop on a mass of tight red curls, and I'd immediately be Annie in a beekeeper costume.

Motown the Musical

The jukebox musical gives plenty of stage time to legends like Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. But when it comes to hair, the Supremes and goddess of hair Diana Ross have it in abundance. Big hair, big hearts.

Steel Magnolias

This has already been done, but it deserves repeat props since we're talking hair. American Stage tackled beauty staple Steel Magnolias in 2014, with lines like, "I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair." The actors sprayed real hair products, and that, friends, is devotion to craft.

     
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