Rated PG and runs one hour and 47 minutes.
Starring John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Zac Efron, and MORE!
Hairspray is the kind of movie that you just can't get enough of. That is, if you like catchy, infectious song and dance. If tapping your foot and humming along sounds like an allergic reaction, Hairspray is best taken in old form. Because, this new show is not the first of its kind, but rather the newest of it's kind.
Hairspray was originally a movie that was written and directed by John Waters. It starred Ricki Lake in her first movie and was not a musical but featured a few more songs than a normal show. It was a commentary on how the 60's were and have been portrayed as an innocent time, but beneath the innocence it was a particularly vicious and cruel time for racial hate. The original movie was turned into a broadway smash by completely revamping the story into a full-blown musical. The story lines stayed completely intact and the songs only improved the show. Years later, Hollywood decided to take the broadway version and make it into a movie musical. The film has come full circle.
The movie is an excellent blend of the hugely popular new school musical style with the older more refined MGM grand musical style. I went into the show expecting less and came out wanting more. I highly recommend this show and the soundtrack. The tunes can stand on their own and worth purchasing. Playful and campy, Hairspray is like a new Grease, but this time, John Travolta plays the old mother and still shimmies and shakes.