With a string of impressive reviews behind them, the cast and creators of Hairspray aren't waiting for the blessings of the New York press — or even a New York audience — to lay down the sure-to-be-a hit musical's score.
The Hairspray company goes into the recording studio June 30 and July 1 with Aug. 13 as the intended Sony Classical release date.
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In Seattle, where only a few minor changes were made to the show, the score included the following numbers: "Good Morning, Baltimore," "The Nicest Kids in Town," "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," "I Can Hear the Bells," "Velma's Cha Cha," "Positivity," "The New Girl in Town," "It Takes Two," "Velma's Cha Cha (Reprise)," "Welcome to the '60's," "Run and Tell That," "Big, Blonde and Beautiful," "The Big Dollhouse," "Good Morning, Baltimore (Reprise)," "Timeless to Me," "Without Love" and "You Can't Stop the Beat." Hairspray is set in 1962 Baltimore, where the girl with the biggest hair and the best moves can obtain fame on the city's number one dance revue, "The Corny Collins Show." Plain Jane Tracy Turnblad (Marissa Jaret Winokur) defeats the show's reigning queen, Amber Von Tussle (Laura Bell Bundy) and wins the heart of the cutest boy on the show (Matthew Morrison) — but then Amber's parents want revenge. Turnblad's own parents (Harvey Fierstein as Mom Edna and Dick Latessa), however, are there to make sure Tracy stays on top.
Composer and five-time Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman ("South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," "Sleepless in Seattle," "The American President") works with his frequent collaborator Scott Wittman (Patti LuPone's matters of the heart) on the musical. Mark O'Donnell and Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Annie) wrote the book. The show is based on the film by John Waters.
Hairspray begins performances at the Neil Simon Theatre July 18 for a New York opening Aug. 15. Hairspray is on the web at http://www.hairsprayonbroadway.com.