It is quite rear that you get to see a musical which is both entertaining and message oriented. Hairspray is one celebrated musical that has managed to entertain theatergoers for both its joyful and celebratory plot and for its social commentary on the injustices that prevailed in the American society of 1960s. Based on the 1988 John Waters movie Hairspray, Hairspray the musical is a sensational play by Broadway that is popular because of its heart-warming story and simplicity. This is a timeless story with one of the catchiest soundtracks you are ever likely to hear. The book for the musical is written by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music is given by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics are panned down by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The show is directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Hairspray has made the audience enthralled whenever it is staged, so make sure that you watch this amazing musical whenever it comes to your city. Order your Hairspray Tickets in advance to catch this stimulating experience!
The plot is set in is set in the American city of Baltimore during the summer of 1962. It tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, who is a fat but cute teenager. Tracy loves dancing and dreams of being famous one day. Matches her is her geeky best friend Penny. They both love The Corny Collins Show and always watch it together. The show showcases the dancing skills of local teenagers and among all the participants Tracy has a crush on Link Larkin, who is dating Amber Von Tussle, the daughter of the show's producer Velma. Edna is Tracy’s mother. She is very protective of her daughter but is a kind woman. Keen to participate in the show and fighting all the odds for it, Tracy manages to win a place on the show and becomes a star overnight. But things don't go too smoothly here too and Tracy has to face some challenges. The rest of the story focuses on Tracy’s efforts to win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, to defeat the program's reigning princess, and most importantly, to integrate a television show so that all the black and white kids can equally participate in it. Tracy’s cute moves to make things work for her and her very human thoughts make the crux of the story. The story of hairspray is sweet and simple; yet the show is so much fun on stage that audiences keep asking for more.
Hairspray was conceived as a stage musical in 1998 after producer Margo Lion saw the television broadcast of the original film. After acquiring the rights from New Line Cinema, she moved ahead with the plot collaborating with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who contributed beautiful songs ''Welcome to the 60's,'' ''Good Morning, Baltimore,'' and ''Big, Blond and Beautiful'' that make this musical worth remembering. The wonderful score include sixties style dance music and rhythm and blues. The musical offers some very beautiful melodies like "I Can Hear the Bells" "The Madison", "It Takes Two", "Welcome to the 60's”, "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful" and "(It's) Hairspray" "Cooties" and "You Can't Stop the Beat". Every song harmonizes in the plot like a gem and makes the plot more interesting. The cast of the show keep changing in different productions. Marissa Jaret Winokur, Kathy Brier, Marissa Perry, and Shannon Durig play the role of super fat but super rocking Tracy Turnblad in different places.
With a running time of approximately 2 hours 40 minutes, Hairspray is a musical sublime that caters to young and old alike. Premiered in 2002, Hairspray was produced with the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. The musical's original Broadway production has won accolades from the very first show. Since then, the musical has enjoyed many U.S. national tours and some foreign productions as well. The musical was also adapted in a 2007 musical film starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken. Its first U.S. national tour started in September 2003 in Baltimore and ended in June 2006. The show then went international and ran for 245 performances in Toronto in 2005. The show was also staged in London, South Africa, Argentina and has been translated into six languages with a vision to stage it worldwide. The show has also been adopted by British television channel Sky 1 as a series.
The show has won appreciation from the audience as well as the critics. It has won eight Tony Awards out of thirteen nominations. It has also won Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Critics’ Circle Theatre Award and Oliver Award in different categories. From Broadway to West End, Tracy’s magic has spell-bounded theater lovers from all the different regions. Packed with full energy and humor, this show promises to lift the spirits of everyone watching. It’s the sheer lovability of the characters combine with a fantastically early sixties color palette across the sets and the costumes, fabulous wigs and above all great songs that make this musical an beautifully crafted play. The show is a runaway hit and is already making to sing along Tracy. So grab your Hairspray tickets and enjoy this beautiful production!
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