Hairspray has been touring for years – it was last here in 2016 – and the reason why people are still flocking to see it is there for all to see. It’s a heart-warming and empowering tale that just makes you want to get up and dance.
There’s a hitch at Tango Moderno but there are no missteps. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are the passionate pair who burned the Strictly floor for years before quitting to take to the road with their own shows. Their trademark tangos – sometimes tempestuous, at others, cool as ice – made them a brand as they toured the UK with a series of unforgettable shows.
There’s enough pizzaz and passion for a whole production in the opening number of Grease, at the Playhouse to Saturday. Which is a good thing, given that the overture during which the curtain at the back of the neon-lit stage rises to reveal an on-stage band of seven, is the best thing about the show.