Hairspray, The Musical
By Mark Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark
O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Jennifer S. Holmes
The Robinson Theatre
Wednesday-Saturday (March 5-8) 8:00p.m.
Sunday (March 9) 2:00 p.m.
Seniors & Students: $9.00
"Hairspray, The Musical," is a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film of the
same name. In "Hairspray," it’s 1962, the ’50s are out and
change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big
girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only
one passion – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV
dance program, ‘The Corny Collins Show’ and, overnight,
is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen
celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion
vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart
of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television
show without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray! Welcome
to the ’60s!
The musical features an original score by Marc Shaiman
(who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the acclaimed
animated musical, ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’)
and Scott Whittman. Their songs take Tracy from the
soundstage of a ’60s-style dance show to the streets of
Baltimore to a downtown rhythm and blues record shop.
Theater Department Homepage at Whittier.edu