We watched the movie of the musical of Hairspray last night.? I loved it.? Of course, I really love the original movie.? I haven’t seen the musical on stage, so it was nice to see and hear how they put it to music.? I thought they captured the spirit of the original movie very well.
I loved the cameos by John Waters (the director of the original film), Ricki Lake (the original, and BEST, Tracy Turnblad), and Jerry Stiller (the original Wilbur Turnblad).?? It was really nice the way they had Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur (the first Tracy Turnblad on Broadway), and Nikki Blonsky (Tracy in the film of the musical) all sing “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” together over the closing credits.
My only beef with the filmed version of the musical:? why didn’t Tracy go to juvy?? The stage musical was faithful to that part of the plot.? What is Hairspray without the cries of “Free Tracy Turnblad”?? I didn’t understand taking that out.
Queen Latifah was great as Motormouth Maybelle, although I’d love to see Darlene Love in the role (she is playing it right now on Broadway).? John Travolta was quite impressive as Edna Turnblad.? His comic parody of a Baltimore accent was hysterical. ? (George Wendt is playing this role on Broadway right now:? I can’t imagine that.)?? We were all glad they let Zac Efron do his own singing:? he sings much better than whoever dubbed his voice for High School Musical.
My recommendation:? if you’ve never seen the original John Waters film Hairspray, go rent it right away, and after you’ve watched that, then go rent the musical version.
Free Tracy Turnblad!