Luxor primps ‘Hairspray’ for Vegas

Show signs four-year licensing agreement

LAS VEGAS — “Hairspray” will open to preview performances at the Luxor Las Vegas starting in late November.

Show has signed a four-year licensing agreement with options to extend with co-producers Michael Gill and Myron Martin.

Production will be truncated from its original Broadway version to a 90-minute intermissionless form.

“Hairspray” will cost $12 million to mount and about $1 million for renovations to the Luxor theater, which currently houses “Blue Man Group,” slated to move to the Venetian Resort in late fall.

The original creative team will mount Vegas’ “Hairspray,” including director Jack O’Brien, book writers Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will again collaborate on the music.

Gill says a name star will rotate into the production every three or four months, adding, “We are looking for somebody pretty high-profile to open the show. We are just starting the process.”

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The show is skedded for a gala opening in mid-December. “Hairspray” initially will run six shows per week in its 1,550-seat theater, with tickets priced at $25-$120.