Hairspray the Musical opened tonight in the Greenspon Auditorium at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall. This is the latest in a string of sensational stage presentations by the incredible cast of the Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society under the leadership of the indefatigable Councillor-Actor Mitchell Brownstein and Artistic Director extraordinaire, Anisa Cameron.

If the opening scene is any indication, this action-packed, high-energy, foot-tapping and hand-clapping musical is set to break their own record and seats are sure to sell out very fast. The stage was packed with singers and dancers in their 1950s get ups, big hairdo’s, white socks and  iconic saddle shoes.

Hairspray the Musical. CSL Dramatic Society opening night. Photo by Diane Dupuis-Kallos.

Hairspray the Musical. CSL Dramatic Society opening night. Photo by Diane Dupuis-Kallos.

The star-studded cast of 32 performers, includes cross-dressing Mike Melino, playing Edna Turnblad and Brandon Schwartz, playing Link Larkin along with members of The Montreal Gospel Choir and The Jireh Choir.
At opening night intermission, Councillor Ruth Kovac said, “I’m thoroughly enjoying Hairspray. So much energy and talent! Who has to travel to Broadway with such a high-caliber production right here in Cote Saint-Luc? You will love this show!”
By the end of the show, Kovac had this to say: “I thought the CSL Dramatic Society’s Catch Me if You Can was AAA. Hairspray topped it! Fabulous voices. Wonderful choreography. The whole package was outstanding.”
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In welcoming the full-house by-invitation-only audience Mayor Anthony Housefather stated, “Hairspray the Musical is so much like Cote Saint-Luc. We are a tolerant, welcoming and inclusive community. Fat, skinny, white or black, everyone can be comfortable just as they are here.”
Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who has been acting on stage since the age of five thanked the VIP crowd of sponsors, west-end politicians from Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West and Outremont, and former MNA Lawrence Bergman for their support and encouragement in helping to spread the word about this amazing show. Also attending were Station 9 Police Commander Marc Cournoyer and his family, former Councillor Joe Panunto, Mens Club past president Sidney Margles, Hampstead mayoral candidate Bonnie Feigenbaum and RESP guru Roz Genis.
Hairspray the Musical. CSL Dramatic Society opening night. Photo by Diane Dupuis-Kallos.

Hairspray the Musical. CSL Dramatic Society opening night. Photo by Diane Dupuis-Kallos.

“I had a smile on my face the whole night,” said my mother Phyllis Nashen.
“Superb!” my father, George Nashen, told me. “The show was professional. The acting, singing, choreography… First Class! My feet didn’t stop moving. It was contagious!” he said.
Hairspray runs May 28 to June 14 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. Tickets are still available for some shows. Don’t wait till they’re all gone! For tickets visit click here.