On Television

The cast of USF's production of "Hairspray" rehearses
"Hairspray," a musical tale of dancing and dreams set in 1960's Baltimore, opens the curtain for a nine show run at USF October 11-21. University Beat on WUSF TV takes us behind the scenes of a show that draws from both John Waters' original 1988 movie and the award-winning Broadway musical.

On the Radio

The cast of USF's production of "Hairspray" rehearses

Tracy Turnblad, her doting mother Edna, dreamboat Link Larkin, and the Nicest Kids in Town are coming to USF, as the School of Theater and Dance presents the musical "Hairspray," opening this week.
This week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 speaks to two of the show’s stars, the director and costume designer about one of the biggest musicals USF has ever produced.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Video extras

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USF senior Briana Moten, who plays "Motormouth Maybelle," performs "I Know Where I've Been" from the musical Hairspray.

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Costume designer Marilyn Bertch takes us on a tour of USF Theatre's costume shop, which is producing over a hundred outfits for Hairspray.


For more information

Hairspray website

October 11th-13th & 17th-20th at 8pm
October 14th & 21st at 3pm
Theatre 1 on the USF Tampa Campus

Tickets $15 students/seniors, $20 general admission

USF Box Office 813-974-2323



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