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He’s best known as one half of TV comedy double act Hale and Pace, but Norman Pace is about to bring the laughs to a new production of Hairspray.
The musical follows 1960s teen Tracy Turnblad – the girl with big hair and an even bigger heart – as she dreams of dancing on national TV, and Norman joins the cast as her dad Wilbur as it heads to Blackpool next month.
“I’m not going to be false about it, and I’m just the comedy turn, but it’s really, really exciting,” he said of rehearsals so far. “There’s 28 of us on the stage, so we’ll make a bit of a racket, but you need that many people to make the show work.”
As Wilbur, Norman has the challenge of his romantic lead, wife Edna, being played by a man. “We’re an unusual family,” he said. “And Matt [Rixon, playing Edna] is 6ft 5ins, nearly 7ft in heels and wig, and I’m 5ft 7ins. It’s comedy gold.”