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Oh, oh, oh, woke up today, feeling the way I always do. Oh, oh, oh, hungry for something that I can't eat. Then I hear that beat. That rhythm of town starts calling me down. It's like a message from high above. Oh, oh, oh, pulling me out to the smiles and the streets that I love. Good morning, Baltimore!
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So far I've seen this movie twice and both times the audience was
involved 100%. "Hairspray: The Musical" is the definition of a feel
The storyline has been tweeked a bit from the original film. Whereas
the original film had Sonny Bono's Franklin Von Tussle as the main
antagonist, this one has Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Phieffer) as the
head adversary; now seen as the station manager for the TV station
airing The Corny Collins Show. Velma's goal is to ensure that her
daughter, Amber stays Miss Hairspray in the face of the rising success
of Tracy Turnblad (played wonderfully by Nikki Blonsky).
The musical numbers are fantastic, and while there's less of an
emphasis on the dancing which was a big part of the original film, it
doesn't detract from the wonder of the musical sequences.
Other differences is the take on the individual characters. Whereas
Ricki Lake's Tracy was brash and confident, Blonsky's Tracy is more
subdued. John Travolta, as Edna gives the character the sensitivity
that wasn't evident in Divine's portrayal.
Although still done in connection with John Waters, it does lack Waters
edginess, making an already mainstream Waters film even more mainstream
for family audiences. However, the cast and the direction more than
makes up for this.
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