Encore Meets – an Encore Radio podcast series. Go backstage in the West End, Broadway and beyond with Encore Radio’s exclusive theatre interviews.

In this episode of Encore Meets, we’re at the launch of the new West End production of Hairspray – chatting to Rita Simons and Marisha Wallace.

The pair will be joined in the cast by Michael Ball, Paul Merton and Lizzie Bea when the show plays at the London Coliseum from April.

Rita and Marisha tells us about their characters, lifelong dreams coming true and why Michael Ball made them join the show.

Listen to the episode below or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

About Hairspray:

Hairspray is back and starring the West End’s hottest couple! Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad alongside star of Have I Got News For You, Paul Merton, as husband Wilbur. The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from 23 April for a strictly limited 18-week season.

Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? Well if you want a change, you’ve really got to shake things up!

From the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and featuring the infectiously feel-good songs Good Morning Baltimore, You Can’t Stop the Beat and Big, Blonde and Beautiful this inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical sensation is back and bigger than ever.



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