IT’S billed as a “smash hit musical comedy” and Hairspray certainly ticks all those boxes.

From the opening scene, with its effective stage sets, to the vibrant costumes and upbeat numbers throughout, the show is pure feel-good from start to finish.

The musical is taking in a few dates at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre as part of its UK tour – see it there until August 4 – and, if the opening performance is anything to go by, it’s going to be popular. The theatre was about as full as I’ve seen it on a Monday night and, by the end of the evening, almost everyone was on their feet.

Hairspray takes you back to 1960s Baltimore, with the story of teenage Tracy Turnblad, the “big girl with big hair” who just wants to dance on TV and win the heart of her teen idol.

But her new found fame sees her turn her attentions to the more political matters of the time.

You wouldn’t imagine bubblegum pop tunes would set the right tone for a tale of racial integration, but it somehow just works.

The amount of talent on stage is astonishing - super slick, energetic dance routines and absolutely faultless vocals from every one of the cast – not to mention some impeccable comic timing.

There is something so incredibly infectious about watching a group of people who simply exude passion for performing – I just wanted to be up there with them, having fun.

I defy you to leave without a smile on your face.