Hairspray: Movie Analysis

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The production of Hairspray is being done at the Cupcake Theatre in North Hollywood until December 17th. The company Cupcake Studios focuses on putting on performances of Broadway shows. Hairspray is about a Tracy Turnblad, who is a spunky ambitious girl living in Baltimore in 1962. She wants to dance on the Corny Collins Show and during this she helps fight issues of segregation. The story is told in a comedy musical filled catchy songs and full of vibrant colors. The theater itself is small which provides a personal experience during the whole show. In the show the director, Wendy Rosoff uses the setting of the stage to play a role in the musical. She does this by having the actors come into the audience making them a part of the show. In scenes you can find the actors dancing in the aisles or hiding in the crowd, the audience is totally immersed in the performance.…show more content…
The dramaturgy that she did helps the audience dive deep into the message of Hairspray and how it can relate to modern day. Certain things that I did not catch on in the script when seeing other productions of Hairspray, Rosoff highlights them in the performance. Originally, Hairspray was a movie written by John Walters in 1988. In 2002, the movie was turned into a musical production, with music written by music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. The story is about Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to be on the Corny Collins show, even though she was discouraged and made fun due to her appearance, she perseveres and ends up on the show. While on the show and in school Tracy Turnblad and her new friends fight against the segregation in Baltimore. The energy that the actors create is incredible. The casting of Brittany Thornton as Tracy Turnblad and Claire Adams as Penny Pingleton was a perfect

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