Based off a 1988 movie, Hairspray, a fun loving fast-paced, a musical about an overweight teenager, Tracy Turnblad, who always wanted to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a local after school television show, she gets on the show with the help of her friends Penny and Seaweed who is African American. She thinks it’s stupid that she and seaweed can’t dance together, so Tracy, Seaweed and Seaweed’s mom, Motormouth Mabel try to integrate the show. Meanwhile Tracy has also fallen deeply in love with council member Link Larkin, and is trying to get him to notice her. When she gets on the show she gets nominated for the Miss Hairspray Competition, which has been won by amber thanks to her corrupted mother Velma, the station manager, for the past three years. Can this larger-than-life adolescent somehow manage to dethrone the Corny Collins show reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love all without mussing her hair?
Hairspray was first performed in 2002 with Marissa Jaret Winokur as Tracy, Matthew Morrison as Link, Laura Bell Bundy as Penny, Corey Reynolds as Seaweed, Mary Bond Davis as Motormouth, and Harvey Fierstein as Edna, Tracy’s Big, Blonde and Beautiful mom. Hairspray was well received by critics getting, according to Variety 13 good reviews and 4 mixed reviews. Audiences loved the show, one said “...this sweet, infinitely spirited, bubblegum-flavored confection won't be lacking for buyers any time soon. Arriving in an aerosol fog of advance hype, it more than lives up to its promise." In the box office Hairspray made $12 million advance. After the 2003 Tony’s it was expected to do 5 times better than it did before.
In the 2003 Tony’s, Hairspray was nominated for many awards an won many awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor and Actress, Best Original Score and Beast Featured Actor in a Musical. It won many of the same things in the Drama Desk Award, and both Jackie...