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Hairspray the Musical

Updated on February 5, 2015

Did you see Hairspray the Musical at the Tony Awards 2012?

Welcome to my Hairspray the Musical page - telling you all you need to know about the legendary Broadway show: Hairspray.

What is Hairspray the Musical? Set in Baltimore, 1962, a less enlightened era, 16 year Tracy Turnblad is a big girl, with big hair, a big hair and big dreams...and all she wants to do is dance. What started as a cult John Waters movie in 1988, became a musical in 2002, with the tradition of the piece is that Edna Turnblad, one of the leading female characters, is always played by a man.

On this page you will read my thoughts and opinions on this fantastic stage show. This page focuses on the stage version of HAIRSPRAY, rather than either of the film versions that have been released.

The 2012 Tony Awards broadcast Hairspray live from aboard The Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship) - Introduced by Original Broadway Cast member, Har

"HEY MAMMA, WELCOME TO

THE 60s"

Hairspray is a Broadway musical (with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan), based on the 1988 John Waters movie by the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program (based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show). When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to racially integrate the show. ''Hairspray'' is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

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Hairspray's original Broadway production opened in 2002 and won eight Tony Awards out of thirteen nominations. As of April 2008, it has played for over 2,300 performances. Hairspray has also enjoyed U.S. national tours and numerous foreign productions and was adapted for a 2007 musical film. The London West End production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.

Hairspray Official Cast Recording

Hairspray at the Tony Awards 2003 - Wait a minute...isn't that Matthew Morrison from GLEE?

Hairspray (2002 Original Broadway Cast)
Hairspray (2002 Original Broadway Cast)

The soundtrack is absolutely wonderful. I wholeheartedly recommend this CD for a bright and fun original cast recording. If you don't believe me, have a look at some of the videos on this page to have a listen for yourself.

 

Hairspray (London) in Rehearsals

Meet Leanne Jones, who plays Tracy Turnblad (London)

Hairspray: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Hit Broadway Musical
Hairspray: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Hit Broadway Musical

Want to know more about the Show? Wish you knew all the lyrics? Then, this book is for you

 

Meet Michael Ball, who plays Edna Turnblad (London)

Hairspray: The Roots
Hairspray: The Roots

If you're curious about how they made Hairspray, the stage show, then this is the book for you. Full of beautiful pictures and awesome photos, this book is jammed pack with enough behind the scenes info to tantalise the biggest and the smallest of musical theatre fans!

 

Get Ready For A Sing-a-long...

Here are the words...

Now sing along...

Hairspray at the Royal Variety Show 2007

There came a time in the life of Musical theatre, where it was cool to be sad. the best shows seemed to be the ones that could move you...to the point of depression. Hairspray is the exact opposite. It's fun, bouncy, lively and to top it all off, the music is awesome! If you're feeling a bit low, all you have to do is put the soundtrack on and a smile can't help but creep onto your face. this has to go down in history as one of the great feel good shows. Once you've met Tracy Turnblad, you can't help but be touched by her good humour and sunny outlook on life, and as her dreams start to come true, you can't help but root for the larger than life girl. I can't recommend this show enough.

Who is John Waters?

Did you know...The Broadway version of Hairspray is based upon the John Waters film of the same title. Recently in 2007, a film musical was released, based on the stage musical version. So there has now been 3 generations of Hairspray...they all have slightly different storylines, but all have the same heart...it's all about Tracy Turnblad and her quest to dance.

Interview with John Waters about the different versions of Hairspray

Hairspray clips from the 2007 Movie

It's Debate Time...

Recently, on Broadway, a lot of musicals have been created from pre-existing films, for instance, 'Legally Blonde - the Musical', 'The Producers' and of course 'Hairspray'...but is this the right way to go...

Is it 'OK' for Musicals to be based on films?

Yes! If they are entertaining and fun, why not?

Yes! If they are entertaining and fun, why not?

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    • williamslaw 3 years ago

      Absolutely! They'r fun, they'r energetic and they are a great hit with the audience.

    • Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      Absolutely! Why not?

    • MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      It's was ok to add chocolate to almonds after hundreds of years. A spin on anything is worth a try

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yes totally

    • The Homeopath 8 years ago

      Absolutely! Entertainment shouldn't have set "rules".

    • Homeguide LM 8 years ago

      Maybe, only if the musical is produced from an outstanding film

    • cappuccino136 8 years ago

      Any inspiration can work as long as it is done well. As long as the final result is a good show, I say that any source can be fair game.

    • Marc 8 years ago from Edinburgh

      I don't see a problem with it, ONLY if the music is exceptional and it works as a cohesive piece! Let's not have another 'Desperately Seeking Susan The Musical' - what? You haven't heard of that??...exactly (it lasted 2 weeks!)

    No. It's boring and unoriginal

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        ...you're kidding me, right? the movie was based on the play, not the other way around. next you'll be telling me the harry potter books were based on the movie.

      • kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

        I think there is too much recycling in entertainment as a whole. I would rather they convert books into shows rather than movies (new audience), but I don't think the shows themselves are bad.

      I've seen Hairspray the Musical so many times! I just love it. It's one of those shows you go and see, and you can't help but smile! It's full of fun, bright and catchy songs, that will get your toes tapping, and your heart racing.

      The story is entertaining, and includes some issues and themes that are relevant to all of us as much today, as they were back in the 1960s when this show is set.

      The characters are brilliant - from the brilliant Tracy Turnblad, to the hilarious Edna. Then we have the zany Penny and the gorgeous Corny...this show really has something for everyone.

      If you're feeling bleek and blue, then get a ticket to see Hairspray - the bright and beautiful staging, the fantastic songs, the great story and the awesome characters will have you back at that box office trying to get hold of more tickets!

      Wait a minute...isn't that Matthew Morrison from GLEE?

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      Show me some love...even if it's to tell me how much you love Tracy :)

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          Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

          @opatoday: Glad to hear it. Hairspray is such a fun musical - perfect for any age! :)

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          opatoday 4 years ago

          I liked it

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          Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

          @Flowerchild1946: Hairspray is fantastic isn't it! You're right, the message in Hairspray the musical is a great one, and should be shared. Thanks for stopping by :)

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          Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

          I love Hairspray - the songs are wonderful, it has great characters, a lovely message. It's just a sweetheart of a show. Great lens!

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          Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

          @Escapes2: Fab! I would have loved to see Hairspray on Broadway! Did you know Matthew Morrison from Glee was the original Link?

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          Escapes2 4 years ago

          I saw this on Broadway but never saw the movie. I loved it!

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          Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

          Loved the movie. Didn't know that Matthew Morrison was involved in Hairspray. My kids got to watch the local production last year.

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          fugeecat lm 5 years ago

          I loved both of the movies. But I haven't seen the musical yet.

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          grannysage 5 years ago

          I didn't want to watch the movie but my husband made me watch both versions and I loved them both. Having grown up in that era made it even more fun. And see John Travolta play Edna was a hoot.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          Wow ... this is great! My parents just saw Hairspray at a small theatre in northern California. They loved it.

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          Winter52 LM 5 years ago

          Would have loved to have seen the real deal. I did see the movie though! It looks as if I have missed out on something pretty amazing!

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          I can't believe I still haven't seen Hairspray, The Musical! I've been wanting to see it for ages, but just haven't got round to it. Will make a big effort now! Great lens! Enthusiastically blessed by a Squid Angel! :)

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          I haven't seen this, but you make it look awfully fun.

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          joykennel 5 years ago

          Nice lens--I do think Hairspray makes a person want to dance!

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          squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

          I never did see this play or movie but I hope to someday. Lovely lens!

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          tdove 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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          The Homeopath 8 years ago

          I haven't seen the new film yet, but I plan to. I'm a big John Waters fan, I hope the new one does him justice.

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          ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          I love a good comedy and Hairspray looks to be a good one.

          Great lens

          Lizzy

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          Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

          Great lens! The visuals are knocking my socks off!

          You're officially blessed!

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          kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

          Looks like a fun show.

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          cappuccino136 8 years ago

          I haven't seen the show, but I loved the John Waters movie. It is one of my favorite comedies. This is a very well done lens! Excellent use of photos and graphics.