Hairspray is a 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 film Hairspray. 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, and meets a colorful array of characters, such as Corny Collins (The show's singing host who shares Tracy's liberal political views) and Velma Von Tussle (The villainous producer of the show who does everything in her power to further her daughter's career and destroy Tracy's and Corny's). She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

The musical's original Broadway production opened on August 15th, 2002.

In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards out of thirteen nominations. It ran for over 2,500 performances and closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray has also had national tours, a London West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.

In 2008, popular magazine New York Theatre Monthly included the characters of Tracy, Corny and Edna on its list of "The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre".

Production Team

Director Chris King
Assistant Director Robyn Edmonds-King
Musical Director Chris Hochkins
Choreographer Lauren Miller
Assistant Musical Director  Sandra Haines
Assistant Choreographer Emma Paulley
Set Designer Chris Hamilton
Vocal Coach Dani Kelleher
Production Manager Greg Quoy
Stage Manager Karen Johnston
Costumier Lesli Normet
Assistant Costumier Judith Ponchard
Properties Dianne Rumsey Simon Boal
Assistant Prod Manager Linda Quoy
Catering Maryann Hamilton
Catering Supervisor Lorraine George


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