Hairspray the musical has been praised for all the elements of a stage-musical. It has enjoyed critical as well as popular acclaim since its opening in 2002.With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by both Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the book by Marl O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, plus an incredible cast, Hairspray has made its glamorous impact as only hairspray can! The catchy songs and the 60's-inspired-choreography reflect the social restlessness of the period prevalent especially among the youth, and the confidence that positive change is around the corner. The excitement in the idea that modernity makes glamour accessible to everyone (hence the symbolism of "hairspray") and that egalitarianism is a social manifestation of modernity, is conveyed extremely well in Hairspray the musical tickets.
The original Comedy film (with Sonny Bono and Divine) made in 1988 inspired later film and stage adaptations. The premier Broadway production of Hairspray took place in the summer of 2002. Called "sweet and infinitely spirited" by a notable critic, the musical received eight Tony Awards, including Awards for Best Score and Best Musical. Hairspray set a new record in London's West End by being nominated for eleven Lawrence Olivier Awards, winning the category of Best New Musical besides three others. Apart from the Tony among the American distinctions, Hairspray has won three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Music. It has run for over 2, 500 performances. The foreign productions include venues as diverse as theaters in Buenos Aires, Manila, San Juan, Toronto and Johannesburg.
Hairspray is set in Baltimore, Maryland; the year is 1962 when racial segregation is still practiced in the area. The protagonist Tracy Turnblad is a short, plump, teenage girl whose greatest asset is her pluck, and who ends up causing a tectonic shift in the racial dynamics of Baltimore – Her love of music and dancing ("it's like a drummer inside my heart"), her indestructible self-esteem ("I've got my hairspray and radio/ and I'm ready to go!") and her optimism ("I love you Baltimore/ Every day's like an open door") – shape her persona as well as the musical's plot: Tracy avidly pursues stardom as a dancer on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV show wildly popular with youngsters. When she does win a role on the show, Tracy becomes an instant celebrity. She begins a campaign to integrate the show and finds herself leading a local movement against racial segregation.
The latest film version was released in 2007. Hairspray the '07 film has a star-studded cast with John Travolta, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfieffer. Hairspray received remarkable monetary success, breaking the record for biggest sales at the premiere weekend for a movie musical, becoming the fourth highest grossing musical film in US cinema history until that record was broken by Meryl Streep's Mamma Mia! Some of the most popular Hairspray song numbers are: "You can't stop the beat," "The Big Dollhouse," "Good Morning Baltimore!", "Big, Blonde and beautiful," "It's Hairspray!" and "(You're) Timeless to me."
Hairspray the musical manages to be hysterically funny despite the fact that it recalls the sobering realities of segregation era American society – the humor helps to see the human angle, enhancing the import of the underlying message. Cheap Hairspray tickets is a must-see show and is guaranteed to be an endearing, exciting, moving and memorable experience!