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September 20, 2003
Only Tropical Storm Isabel could stop the beat; the Mechanic Theatre was forced to cancel Thursday night's sold-out performance of Hairspray. Ticket-holders may obtain a full refund by sending unused ticket stubs to Toyota Broadway on Baltimore; P.O. Box 1737; Baltimore, MD 21203-1737. The envelope must be postmarked by Sept. 26. Or, exchange tickets for: The few seats remaining for the final four performances. A voucher for free tickets during the return engagement of Hairspray at the Hippodrome in the fall of 2005.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
"Hairspray" is the product that just keeps giving. In 1988, John Waters added indelibly to his in-a-class-by-itself filmography with this tale of youth, love, race relations, and irrepressible dancing in early-1960s Baltimore. Fourteen years later, that movie became the basis for a Broadway musical, which, in turn, was adapted into a Hollywood musical in 2007. Now comes another version, "Hairspray: In Concert," which will be presented this week by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
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By Mike Giuliano | July 25, 2011
The lively new production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is another opportunity to consider the deep local roots of this show - and to ponder your preference for it in one medium or another. My own vote for best version has to go to the original 1988 movie, directed by John Waters. How can anyone ever surpass the late Divine as that plus-sized Baltimore housewife and icon, Edna Turnblad? The Broadway musical is great fun too, of course, and there have been several memorable actors playing Edna, as well as her similarly hefty daughter, Tracy, who undertakes a fight for civil rights and social justice on several fronts.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2012
A slimmed-down Edna Turnblad shared the stage with her creator, John Waters, last night, much to the delight of scores of star-crazed fans. Well, it wasn't exactly Edna, the zaftig stage mom from Waters' "Hairspray," who took to the stage at the Maryland Institute College of Art . Rather, it was actor John Travolta, who brought Edna to the big screen in the 2007 musical version of Waters' film, up there on the stage. But the crowd embraced him like one of their own. "You've always been my favorite actor," one fan said from the audience, noting that she spent her teen years with pictures of Travolta plastered to her wall.
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June 16, 2011
The year 1962 might seem like it belongs to a distant era to adults these days. If you're a teenager, though, it's more like prehistoric times. So learned director Stephanie Williams as she went about staging a revival of the musical "Hairspray," which opens Friday, June 17 at the Drama Learning Center. The Broadway hit, which revolves around a TV dance program in the early 1960s, had so many retro references that Williams had the kids in her Teaching Young Actors company looking into the culture of the times.
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By Mike Giuliano | July 26, 2011
Watching "Hairspray" in a community theater ensures that every local joke will get a knowing laugh. Based on a John Waters movie, this Broadway musical has a lot of fun spoofing Baltimore circa 1962. There are plenty of provincial laughs in the lively production at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, which is on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. The theater's location had this spectator anticipating the moment late in the show when it's announced that the hefty high school protagonist, Tracy Turnblad, has been awarded a scholarship to Essex Community College.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | June 1, 2007
Nikki Blonsky, the latest dynamo to fill out the role of big-hearted Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, will be joining fellow cast members Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron for the movie's gala Baltimore premiere July 18. Besides Bynes, cast as Penny Pingleton, and Efron (Link Larkin), others expected to be on hand include Brittany Snow (Amber von Tussle) and Elijah Kelly (Seaweed J. Stubbs), along with director Adam Shankman and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. And John Waters, on whose 1988 film the musical is based.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN REPORTER | June 30, 2006
Nascent star Zac Efron, 18, best known for his role in the mega-popular High School Musical, has signed on to play teen heartthrob Link Larkin in the movie version of the musical Hairspray. This has proven to be a big week for the coming musical version of John Waters' 1988 film about desegregation on a TV dance floor in early-1960s Baltimore. Elijah Kelley, a 19-year-old Georgia native, has been picked to play Seaweed. Efron, who will play the pop star at the center of the movie's fictional Corny Collins Show, has become a favorite of the preteen set thanks to his role in High School Musical.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | December 2, 2004
Spritzzzzz! Hairspray fans have even more to cheer about. The movie version of the hit Broadway musical is expected to begin filming in summer 2005. And, New Line Cinema hopes "to at least film some of it in Baltimore," according to Mark Kaufman, senior vice president of production. Kaufman said the script, which is being written by the musical's librettists, Tom Meehan and Mark O'Donnell, should be completed in January, at which time casting will begin. Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur are the only original Broadway cast members under consideration.
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By Amanda Smear and Amanda Smear,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2003
Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning, Baltimore-inspired musical, is just weeks away from making its Baltimore debut, and city tourism officials have been promoting Charm City for months as "the city that inspired the show!" After seeing the musical last winter, Mayor Martin O'Malley said he believed that the show "can do great things for Baltimore." So with summer-tourism season at its peak, is Hairspray proving to be a drawing card for city visitors? The answer, according to workers at some of the attractions on the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association's Hairspray-inspired list, is yes and no. The list, chosen and annotated by filmmaker John Waters, whose movie Hairspray inspired the musical, covers dozens of stops, from bars and restaurants to boutiques to graveyards.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta will sit down for a public conversation with John Waters at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art . The man who created Edna Turnblad and the actor who brought the zaftig housewife of "Hairspray" to full-throated life on the big screen will be appearing together in Baltimore next month. Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta, whose film roles have included star turns in "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease," "Pulp Fiction" and the musical version of "Hairspray," will sit down for a public conversation with John Waters, the unregenerate bad-boy director responsible for "Hairspray" in the first place.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
In 1994, at the age of 26, “Hairspray” sweetheart Ricki Lake had one of the hottest daytime talk shows in the history of television. With a daily audience of 5.8 million viewers after only one year on-air, “Ricki Lake” was second only to “Oprah” among all syndicated talk shows, and she was beating “Oprah” among younger viewers. But today, the 43-year-old performer, who returns to talk TV this month with “The Ricki Lake Show,” looks back and says: If only she had been able to understand what she had and what she might have done with all her clout at the time.
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By Hannah Moulden, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2011
Lancaster County, Pa. 'Poe Evermore' Take a journey to the 1800s and spend some time with Baltimore's favorite bard at 'Poe Evermore.' Guests are greeted at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery by Frederick Rauch and led to a series of small theater rooms, where the show begins. Watch a panel of doctors as they conduct a psychiatric evaluation of patients, and you may find Poe in the audience with you. Join Poe afterward in the chapel where he will tell some of his own eerie tales and poems, such as "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart.
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By Tim Smith and Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
Another classic American film set in Baltimore is headed for Broadway, but unlike "Hairspray" this one may be a less obvious fit. Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage. With music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, the new show is scheduled to open in New York next fall. "The book is written," Levinson said. "And Sheryl has written about 16 songs now. What we're going to start now is to adjust and fill and see what we need to take care of. " The popular film, set in Baltimore in 1959, tells the tale of six 20-somethings who have been friends since high school.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
Annapolis Summer Garden caps a strong season with "Hairspray," John Waters' nostalgic tribute to 1960s Baltimore that is a perfect fit for outdoor August evenings at City Dock. Based on Waters' 1988 film, the musical has won eight Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. At a 2003 Broadway visit to a session of the American Theatre Critics Association mini-conference, Waters stressed the importance of the authenticity of every aspect of the Baltimore rowhouse set seen in the Broadway production.
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By Mike Giuliano | July 26, 2011
Watching "Hairspray" in a community theater ensures that every local joke will get a knowing laugh. Based on a John Waters movie, this Broadway musical has a lot of fun spoofing Baltimore circa 1962. There are plenty of provincial laughs in the lively production at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, which is on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. The theater's location had this spectator anticipating the moment late in the show when it's announced that the hefty high school protagonist, Tracy Turnblad, has been awarded a scholarship to Essex Community College.
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By Mike Giuliano | July 25, 2011
The lively new production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is another opportunity to consider the deep local roots of this show - and to ponder your preference for it in one medium or another. My own vote for best version has to go to the original 1988 movie, directed by John Waters. How can anyone ever surpass the late Divine as that plus-sized Baltimore housewife and icon, Edna Turnblad? The Broadway musical is great fun too, of course, and there have been several memorable actors playing Edna, as well as her similarly hefty daughter, Tracy, who undertakes a fight for civil rights and social justice on several fronts.
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