Hairspray is an American musical played on Broadway and created by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan thanks to the 1988 John Waiters’s movie : Hairspray. This musical was a big sucess and was nearly played everywhere in US and also in UK. The original Broadway musical opened in August 2002.
Here’s the story. We are in Baltimore in the 1960’s. We follow the main character, Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager, who dreams to dance on her favorite TV Show : The Corny Collins Show. There are student of her school that participate to the show, but only thin people and good-looking, and especially his crush : Link Larkin. And because of the time of segregation, one per month, The Corny Collins Show got a Negro Day where black people dance, but racist want to get out them of the TV. After an audition, she gets into the show and begin to change people’s mind, like she said » People who are different, our time is coming ! « .
This musical is the best for me for a lots of reasons. First, the music are 1960’s style and « downtown » rythm and blues. All the music are beautiful and catchy. The characters are really charming and we can’t detest the bad characters because, it’s maybe a musical, but it’s also a comedy very funny. And finally, there’s a message that everyone should understand and think everyday. No matter what you weigh, what’s your color skin, if your poop or rich, we should always loves peoples around us, be open-minded and solidary. It’s not what’s you are physically that can decide what you can do, it’s what you are in a first time and if you have the best desire. The struggle against the segregation is also very emotional. Tracy and his friends try to help their black friends to defend their values and their equalities. And all that, by singing !
I really advise this Musical to everyone, you can’t spend a bad moment, if you watch it carefully, you can just get really good advice. And I also advice the movie of 2007 directed by Adam Shankman where there are famous actor like John Travolta, Zac Efron, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah.