Tracy Turnblad and the gang are back in this latest version of the John Waters classic about desegregation in Baltimore, Maryland during the early 1960′s. Hairspray was originally a 1980′s film starring Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad and then turned into a hit Broadway musical. The 2007 film is based more on the musical than the John Waters original film. Waters does make a brief cameo in the new movie as a flasher pervert. Anyone who has seen his Pink Flamingos will appreciate the irony.
The story of Hairspray was based on the real life civil rights protests at Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Amusement Park and at the Buddy Dean Show, a dance program modeled after Dick Clark’s more famous American Bandstand. Read more