With two days until opening night and buzz approaching Producers level, Hairspray will release its original cast album on the Sony Classical label Aug. 13.
The Hairspray company recorded the show June 30 and July 1. The cast album includes "Good Morning, Baltimore," "The Nicest Kids in Town," "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," "I Can Hear the Bells," "(The Legend of) Miss Balitmore Crabs," "It Takes Two," "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," "I Know Where I've Been," "Hairspray," "Cooties" and "You Can't Stop the Beat," plus a bonus clip extolling the virtues of not drinking and driving.
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 bigoted mother (Linda Hart) wants revenge. Turnblad's own parents (Harvey Fierstein as Mom Edna and Dick Latessa as Dad Wilbur), 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 began 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.