The Hot Shoe Dance Company's ‘Hairspray the musical', presented by Schwarzkopf Professional, brought to the city a flavour of America in the sixties.

Directed and choreographed by Jeffry Vardon of the company, the musical combined original music and costumes from the era to represent life in the city of Baltimore, where the story unfolds.

The event was held at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, Lady Andal School, on Saturday.

While swivel, life-size backgrounds depicted the city's landscapes, Shaun Roberts' compositions bound together the story of how Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager, made it big.

Having convinced her parents to let her audition for the popular Corney Collins Show on TV, Tracy begins her journey towards local stardom encountering on the way friendship, prejudices, love, and recognition.

Attention to detail

With attention to detail, the costumes designed by Cassandra Vardon had the frills, checks and bright colours characteristic of the sixties.

Coupled with some typical hairstyles, the characters looked their part. Interspaced with several performances, the choreography predominantly used jazz movements with a sprinkling of other dance forms like the cha cha, tango and the funk. The 30 dancers, through their earnest performances, kept the audiences entertained while taking the story forward.

Though faithful to the original version, Jeffry Vardon's musical has been modified to suit the Indian audiences. In December, the company plans to stage the musical in other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad.