Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, April 9-15

‘Hairspray’ on tour, Billy Idol talking about his work, and a dance work inspired by the Great Salt Lake.

(Jeremy Daniel | Broadway Across America) Andrew Levitt, aka Nina West from "RuPaul's Drag Race," center, plays Edna Turnblad, with Niki Metcalf as his daughter Tracy, in the touring production of the musical "Hairspray." The touring show, with Levitt in the lead, is scheduled to play at Salt Lake City's Eccles Theater from April 11 to 16, 2023, as part of the Broadway at the Eccles season.

April 11-16

‘Hairspray’ at the Eccles

A John Waters movie may not be the most likely source for a hit Broadway musical, but that’s what happened with “Hairspray,” the adaptation of Waters’ heartfelt story about a dance-crazed teen who’s thrilled to get a chance to appear on Baltimore’s hottest TV program — and ends up prompting a civil-rights protest when the program won’t feature Black kids dancing with white kids. The touring production of “Hairspray” plays at the Eccles Theatre, 131 S. Main, Salt Lake City, from Tuesday through next Sunday, April 16. Tickets available at ArtTix.org.

April 12

Billy Idol talks to ‘The Professor’

Rock legend Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist and songwriting collaborator Steve Stevens will perform, and talk about their process, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Eccles Centre Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. The show is part of the “Professor of Rock” series, hosted by music scholar Adam Reader, and presented by the Park City Institute. Tickets start at $110; go to parkcityinstitute.org for tickets and information.

April 13-15

A dance for the lake

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will present the dance work “To See Beyond Our Time” — inspired by the call to save the Great Salt Lake — for three nights, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night, at the Leona Wagner Black Box Theater in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. Co-created by choreographer Daniel Charon and dramaturg Alexandra Harbold, the work looks at the lake’s declining water levels and the impact those changes have on Utah’s air quality and the lake’s ecosystem, and “reckons with our interconnected environmental fates,” as the program puts it. Tickets are $35, or $15 for students and seniors. There’s also a family- and sensory-friendly performance, Saturday at 1 p.m.; tickets are $10. Go to ArtTix.org for tickets.