Tracy Turnblad seeks local fame by dancing her way onto The Corny Collins Show. Played by Katrina Rose Dideriksen in this Rhythm and Blues stage musical at the Luxor Theater (which is part of the Luxor Casino and Hotel complex) in Las Vegas Nevada. Tracy gets an opportunity to dance on the show and is recognized for her star potential. Does instant fame go to her head causing her to seek perfume endorsement deals? No! She becomes a social reformer initiating a campaign to include the sons and daughters of Rock and Rolls prime movers and original innovators: the Rhythm and Blues musicans and singers of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Hairspray is a social commentary on the historical cultural relationships between groups of Americans that were unnaturally separated by the economic conditions of that era. It is ironic that today those barriers are gone and that some American’s choose cultural separation through their choice of music, magazines and films.

This version of Hairspray is a shortened version of the Broadway hit. I did not mention the older members of the cast because this musical has become part of the language in the media and most american’s are familiar with those performers. My focus is on up-and-coming talent. There is not much information available on Katrina Rose Dideriksen because she is so new to the stage. I’m sure we will be reading and writing a lot more about her in the future.

A dance called The Madison is the focal point of this colorfully staged production of the Broadway hit (and long-running ) musical Hairspray at this luxorious theater. A line dance with choreographed moves like the Double Cross, Cleveland Box and the Birdland and as many variations as their are locales in the shows Baltimore, Maryland broadcast area.

You Can’t Stop the Beat is the song that best describes this musical: Because the world keeps spinning round and round and my heart’s keeping time to the speed of the sound, I was lost untill I heard the drums, then I found my way because you can’t stop the beat. And you can’t stop new talent either. Katrina Rose Dideriksen is an earnest Tracy Turnblad performed to a standing ovation. The Madison music and the several groups that used it as their theme vehicle was a typical of the feelgood music of that long gone era. 1962 was probably the height of group dancing popularity, so growing in complexity that it was superceeded by the simplest dance of all, The Twist.