No Kinks In HAIRSPRAY at the Maltz Jupiter Theater – Review of the performance at the Jupiter Maltz Theater in Jupiter FL
The Maltz Jupiter Theater is impressive! I had never been there before, but you can tell a great deal of planning and thought went into the theater! Upon arriving I found the lobby filled literally wall-to-wall with spectators. I was not quite sure if I was there for a fashion show or a musical, but either was fine by me! People were dressed trendy and there was quite a happening bar located near the entrance to the show, which undoubtedly made this a very cheery place to be.
The stage was simple, the acoustics phenomenal and interest in the theater was abuzz when I arrived! We were informed at the onset that this musical had a nine-piece orchestra as back- up! Again, impressive! Now moving right along to my review of the musical HAIRSPRAY and it’s cast.
Truthfully, there was not one weak link in the bunch. One was as talented as the next. The cast is strong and the clothing vibrant. The plot became more enticing to me as my assistant made me aware that it is akin to Dick Clark’s American Band Stand and in all actuality, that was the first REALITY SHOW on television. Interesting! The plot parallels the American Band Stand days when not only students, but everyone was struggling with racial barriers. If the youth of this era were left to their own devices, there probably would not have been too many racial barriers. This is a feel- good musical that addresses serious topics with ease and energy!
I cannot say that any one person stood out here as they were all very talented entertainers. Well I will say that Velma played by Mia Mathews was hysterical and her off- the -cuff one-liners were hilarious. And there are quite a lot of them throughout the musical.
Overall, the cast was professional and I particularly applaud the acoustics, which are just right. There is nothing worse than poor acoustics in my ever so humble opinion.
In its youth, I believe Hairspray had a great message to deliver and it won plenty of amazing awards, but it’s my opinion that the music used here was just a bit uninspiring!
Still I believe it is enjoyable for a family to see and worth the $60 if you have not seen a lot of other musicals and have nothing to compare it to. This is taking nothing away from the very strong, professional cast. It’s just that the content of the musical itself is a bit trite and the music once again, could be a bit more uplifting . . . this coming from a person who loves music of all eras!
Single tickets for Hairspray start at $58; for showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.
Jackie Beard Robinson (www.JackieBeardRobinson.org)