There Are Easter Eggs Hidden in the Set of Hairspray Live!
The Baltimore Oriental: “Baltimore Oriental was the last one I named,” says Fierstein of the building flanking one end of Tracy’s street. “I wanted to call it something else. I wanted to call it The Pussycat, but I came up with it, and I just said, ‘Let’s go generic.’”
Hefty Hideaway: “Obviously, Hefty Hideaway is from the show,” says Fierstein of Mr. Pinky’s shop.
O’Donnell’s Gems: “Mark O’Donnell was the original book writer of Hairspray, so that’s named for him.” Bud’s Duds: “Bud’s Duds is [after] Buddy Deane’s show. The Corny Collins Show, the real show [that it is based on] was called the Buddy Deane Show.” Divine Pet Food: Divine, who starred as Edna Turnblad in the original Hairspray film, also starred in the John Waters film Pink Flamingos, in which her character, Babs Johnson, ate dog feces in the infamous final scene. “Divine with the dog poop,” says Fierstein. “That’s why there’s a pink flamingo on there.”
Greenblatt’s Baltimore Crabs: Greenblatt’s is for Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. Ruth’s Place: “Ruth Brown played Motormouth in the original John Waters movie, and she also used to hang out with us, especially when we were in Las Vegas [doing Hairspray]. She used to hang out backstage. But in the [Broadway revue] Black and Blue, she’d go, ‘This ain’t Saint Vincent de Paul’s. This is Ruth’s Place,’ so I gave her Ruth’s Place.”
Baltimore Bail Bonds: “Baltimore jail—there’s no story there!” exclaims Fierstein.
Waters Plumbing: “Waters Plumbing is obviously for John Waters,” says Fierstein of the writer and director of the original Hairspray film.
Crazy Dickie’s: “The next one is Crazy Dickie’s because Dick Latessa played my husband [Wilbur Turnblad] originally, so that’s for him.”
Edies Farm Fresh Eggs &; Dairy: “The very last one, set designer [Derek McLane] named that himself, and I don’t know who it’s for,” Fierstein admits. “Now you’ve got the story!”