I absolutely love the musical Hairspray. It’s the only show I saw when I chaperoned a group of high school seniors on a trip to New York a year and a half ago. I LOVED it but was almost depressed because our tour bus got lost and we came really close to not making the cut off time for getting inside. We did miss the opening two songs though! The music is great, and it’s so funny. It’s about bigotry (racism and against big people). Our audience in NY screamed like they were at a rock concert. I have the soundtrack and bought the sheet music too, but my daughter nabbed that and now she’s working on a piece from it in her music lessons. When the touring group came to Bloomington this year, I had to go see it again with her. This time I was in control of getting us there, and we were early! I’ve seen many touring shows: Cats, Les Miserable, Sound of Music, Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, and Phantom of the Opera to name a few. The Phantom was my favorite up ’til I saw Hairspray, so can you tell, I’m anxious to see the movie coming out in July!
This movie is not a remake of the John Waters movie of 1988. That one had Ricki Lake in it and didn’t have any songs. This is a take on the broadway show that’s been out for a few years. When I saw it in NY, Diana Degarmo from American Idol was the nerdy girl, Penny. That role cracks me up. In the movie it is going to be played by Amanda Bynes. I just saw her the other day in the movie She’s the Man. She is quite a character and should be great in that role. The big shocker though is John Travolta in drag. The role of Edna, Tracy’s mother, has always been played by a guy in drag, and that’s what makes it so funny. Seeing John Travolta in a dress should be hysterical, especaially after all those leading man roles he’s done. I am a BIG John Travolta fan way back from his Welcome Back, Kotter days, so I am looking forward to seeing him in this movie a lot. It also has Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, and Michelle Pfeiffer (glad to see her back in movies).
Here is a trailer!