Hairspray Film Discussion – Broadway Breakdown

Hosts Briana Phipps, Jacque Borowski, Ally Nasta, Alexis Torris and Becca Brown discuss the Hairspray Movie.

Hairspray is a 2007 musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters1988 comedy film of the same name. Adapted from both Waters’ 1988 script and Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell’s book for the stage musical by screenwriter Leslie Dixon, the 2007 film version of Hairspray was directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman and has an ensemble cast including John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney and Nikki Blonsky. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation.

Following the release of the musical in 2002, New Line Cinema became interested in a film adaptation and development of the film began in 2004. Dixon reworked Meehan and O’Donnell’s first draft of the script to tone down the musical’s campiness. In 2005, Shankman agreed to direct the film. Recording sessions for the film’s songs and soundtrack took place in Los Angeles. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman reworked the original songs for the film’s soundtrack; they also wrote four new songs for the film. Principal photography commenced in September 2006 and ended in December of that year; filming took place on locations in Toronto and Hamilton and on soundstages at Showline Studios.

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