Covered under a thick, dizzying blanket of aerosol haze, Hairspray operates superficially as a nostalgic nod to 1960s dances like the Twist and the Hully Gully. But beyond the saccharine-sweet sing-a-longs lays a subversive tale against fat oppression and social injustice. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the cult John Waters film, shows Miss Turnblad winning a spot on the Corny Collins Show. With that victory comes others: snagging heartthrob Link Larkin, fighting racism on local TV, and blending the lines between outsiders and squares.
Performances begin tonight at 8 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $25 to $65. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org.
Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., 2008