THEATER REVIEW: Hairspray features big hair, big voices and big ideas

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Drag queen Nina West steals the show as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray’s touring Broadway production, in Spokane through Sept. 25.

Based on the 1988 film of the same name, Hairspray follows a Baltimore teenager, Tracy Turnblad, in her attempts to secure a spot as a dancer on the Corny Collins Show and relieve the racial tension that’s present on set. Oh, and convince Link Larkin to fall in love with her.

On the surface, Hairspray looks like a happy-go-lucky sing and dance along show, and that it

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