Hairspray

Musical

Writers: Thomas Meehan Mark O'Donnell Marc Shaiman Scott Wittman

Context

Hairspray is based on the 1988 film of the same name. Director and screenwriter John Waters based the television show featured in Hairspray, The Corny Collins Show, on the real-life The Buddy Deane Show and the racial events that surrounded it. The Buddy Deane Show was taken off the air in 1964 because its home station, WJZ, was unable to integrate the black and white dancers. In Hairspray, The Corny Collins Show faces the same dilemma, but instead, successfully integrates. Much of the Marc Shaiman’s (the composer and co-lyricist) musical composition for Hairspray is based on 1960s dance

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