Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hairspray Background & Trivia

As you are all aware, the opening of Hairspray is rapidly approaching! For those of you who aren't familiar with the story of Hairspray, here's a little bit of background information.

Both the broadway musical and the 2007 movie are based on the 1988 movie directed by John Waters. "The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rythym 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 Budde Dean Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. 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." (Wikipedia)

The production of Hairspray on Broadway opened August 15, 2002. Out of 13 Tony Award nominations, the musical won eight. After over 2,500 performaces, the show finally closed on January 9th, 2009. After closing, the show went on several international tours.

The movie was released on July 20th, 2007 and brought about a new generation of Hairspray fans. It opened with great success and broke the record for biggest sales at opening weekend for a movie musical. The movie had a star-studded cast of extremely talented actors and actresses, including: Nikki Blonksy (Tracy Turnblad), John Travolta (Edna Turnblad), Michelle Pfeiffer (Velma Von Tussle), Christopher Walken (Wilbur Turnblad), Amanda Bynes (Penny Pingleton), James Marsden (Corny Collins), Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle), Brittany Snow (Amber Von Tussle), and Zac Efron (Link Larkin).

Things you didn't know about making the movie!

-It took John Travolta 4 hours to put on the 30-pound fat suit and 5 gel-filled silicone face prosthetics to become Edna Turnblad.

-Amanda Bynes' pigtails took two hours in hair and make-up every morning.

-Nikki Blonsky told Oprah Winfrey on the first day she entered the studio, John Travolta said to her, "come to mama".

-Penny Pingleton's dress in the "You Can't Stop the Beat" song was made from curtains in her bedroom.

-Meryl Streep and Madonna were both considered for the role of Velma Von Tussle.

-Aretha Franklin auditioned for the role of Motormouth Maybelle, but lost out to Queen Latifah.

-Adam Shankman made Zac Efron make out with the picture frame in the "Without Love" sequence for over an hour.

Hope to see all of you at the upcoming show! Visit for more information on tickets and showtimes.

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