Hairspray is a cut above for Moraz

Hairspray is a cut above for Moraz

8 questions with Katharine Moraz

British actress Katharine Moraz, 24, has landed the biggest role of her young career playing Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with a heart of gold, in the Singapore and Kuala Lumpur tours of Hairspray The Musical.

She began acting professionally only in 2010 and her performance at the Esplanade Theatre next Thursday will be part of her first overseas tour.

She says: "Before this, I"ve only toured around the United Kingdom, so I'm very excited to go overseas. I've heard of a very good zoo in Singapore and the butterfly enclosure at the airport is something I really want to see."

Hairspray, which explores racism in America in the 1960s, is an award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the 1988 John Waters comedy film.

The stage hit also produced another film version (2007) starring John Travolta in drag as the chubby Edna Turnblad and Zac Efron as the heart-throb Link Larkin.

Though Moraz has snagged a plum role with Turnblad, she did not always want to be an actress.

She grew up in Kent, England, taking part in plays and performing with the choir and orchestra in school, but she never had the slightest inkling that her hobby would turn into a career.

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