Hairspray is one of the American musicals. In this musical, the lyrics are by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, music is by Marc Shaiman, and it is a book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell. The Hairspray musical is based on the 1988 Hairspray of John Waters. The songs of the musical portray the style of the 1960s downtown rhythm, blues, and music dance.
Hairspray won eight Tony Awards out of 13 nominations in 2003, including the one for “Best Musical.” The musical played 2,642 performances until it closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray has had several national tours due to its popularity among the entire nation.
Hairspray has also had numerous productions outside the United States as well as West End productions. The musical was adapted as a musical film in 2007. The London production of the musical did something that had never happened in the history of the musical; it nominated Hairspray eleven times in Laurence Olivier Awards, and it won four of them, including the “Best New Musical” award. The musical has won several other awards as well as nominations, including the Drama Desk Award and Theatre World Award in several categories.
Characters of the musical Hairspray, along with the original Broadway cast, includes; Tracy Turnblad (Marissa Jaret Winokur), Edna Turnblad (Harvey Fierstein), Wilbur Turnblad (Dick Latessa), Motormouth Maybelle (Mary Bond Davis), Velma Von Tussle (Linda Hurt), Corny Collins (Clarke Thorell), Link Larkin (Matthew Morrison), Penny Pingleton (Kerry Butler), Seaweed J.Stubbs (Corey Reynolds), Amber Von Tussle (Laura Bell Bundy), Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Matron (Jackie Hoffman), Harriman F. Spritzer/Principal/Mr. Pinky (Joel Vig), and Little Inez (Danielle Eugenia Wilson).
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