Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray.

Marc Shaiman is an Grammy, Emmy, Tony winning, and multi Oscar nominated American composer and lyricist for films, television, and theatre.

Scott Wittman is an American director, lyricist, and writer for Broadway, concerts, and television.

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The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues.

Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated as R&B or RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s.

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In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show.

Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east.

The Buddy Deane Show was a teen dance television show, similar to Philadelphia's American Bandstand, that was created by Zvi Shoubin and aired on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland from 1957 until 1964.

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 29th-most populous city in the country.


When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters.


She then launches a campaign to integrate the show.


The musical's original Broadway production opened on August 15, 2002.


In 2003, it won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, out of thirteen nominations.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre.


It ran for over 2,500 performances and closed on January 4, 2009.


Hairspray has also had national tours, a London West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film.


The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.

The Laurence Olivier Awards, or simply the Olivier Awards, are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognise excellence in professional theatre in London at an annual ceremony in the capital.

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