Just saw Hairspray at The Riverside Center, the local dinner theater. Yes, dinner theater. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen! True, the "orchestra" was canned music, but the singing, dancing, and acting was first rate! Well done sets and costumes, too. I think I can safely say that Hairspray is one of my all time favorite musicals. From the opening "Good Morning, Baltimore" to the end of "You Can't Stop the Beat", I had a blast. They won't be able to top this one. The next show is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which should be fun.
Next year, they're doing Miss Saigon. No idea how they'll pull that one off. No room for the helicopter! :p Dreamgirls and Cabaret are also in the season. Looking good! I hope someday they repeat Cats, Evita, Big River, and Shenandoah, all of which I missed. :(
The theater company asks for suggestions for future shows- I submitted Company, Pippin, and The Producers.
My favorite Riverside shows before were 1776 (their very first production in '97), Damn Yankees, and last fall's Into the Woods.