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The Playhouse Children's Theatre's production of "Hairspray" opens today at The Underground. Photo by Andrew Benusa.

Tracy Turnblad wants to be famous, and she wants to get there by appearing as a dancer on "The Corny Collins Show," a sort of reimagined "American Bandstand."

Luckily, the show is holding auditions because one of the regular dancers is preggers.

The Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre takes audiences to Baltimore in the early 1960s with a production of the musical "Hairspray," which was born of the movie by John Waters.

Tracy lands a spot on the show, no thanks to her mother, and ends up a spokesperson who is working for integration on the show, no thanks to Velma the racist producer.

Go see it

What: Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre production of "Hairspray," directed by Kate Horvath

When: Opens 7 p.m. today; Plays 7 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through March 30

Where: The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St.

Tickets: $16.50 adults, $13.50 students. Call (218) 733-7555 or go to