It must be difficult for Steve on Broadway to navigate everyday life with his ear so permanently to the ground of the Great White Way.
But thank goodness he does, for he brings the Whingers welcome news that the stage production of Hairspray the musical will finally reach London although rather ominously we hear that it will be staged in the Shaftesbury Theatre (home of the hits).
The show’s transfer from Broadway has been much delayed, probably to avoid conflicts with the forthcoming film which features John Travolta in the role of Edna Turnblad, the role created by Divine in the original John Waters film and on Broadway by Harvey Fierstein.
The West End Whingers were fortunate enough to see Mr Fierstein in the role and enjoyed the whole experience immensely.
We wait with baited breath to hear if charming, big-voiced newcomer Katie Kerr, currently playing Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, is still in the running for the part of Tracy Turnblad, as was rumoured. The Whingers are taking a keen interest in developing her career despite her protestations that we really shouldn’t trouble ourselves and would we please go away.
Other welcome news from Steve on Broadway is that the marvellous Megan Mullally (Karen Walker from Will & Grace) is to appear on Broadway in Mel Brooks musical production of his film Young Frankenstein.
(Note to Phil: I’ve just re-read this blog post and I’m worrying that it might make it sound as though our tastes in theatre are a bit on the camp and fluffy side. Read it through a couple of times and let me know what you think. Andrew)