It is no surprise Hairspray is one of the highest grossing musical films ever. Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman, came out in 2007. The movie is an adaptation of the Broadway musical and 1988 comedy film, both of the same name. Hairspray’s music was written by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and performed by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra. The hair rocks, the music rolls, and the story is one that anyone with a dream can embrace.
Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, a happy, overweight teen, and her dream of dancing on The Corny Collins Show and becoming “Miss Teenage Hairspray” in 1960’s Baltimore. Tracy is played by Nikki Blonsky. Tracy is joined by her best friend, Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes), and semi-supportive parents (Christopher Walken and John Travolta). Once Tracy earns her spot on the show, she goes head to head with Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), manager of the TV station that produces The Corny Collins Show. Velma likes her dancers thin and white. Tracy joins together with some new friends, (Queen Latifah and Elijah Kelley), to give Velma Von Tussle and Baltimore a “Miss Teenage Hairspray” pageant like they had never seen. In the end, Tracy integrates the show and wins the man of her dreams, Link Larkin (Zac Efron), all with perfect hair.
The music in Hairspray centers on 1960’s pop and R&B. Two of my favorite songs are “I Can Hear the Bells,” sung by Tracy Turnblad, and “Ladies’ Choice,” sung by Link Larkin. “I Can Hear the Bells” is written in 4/4 meter. Dynamically, the song starts softly, piano, played by upper strings and woodwinds, and builds as Tracy gains self-confidence in her plan to woo Link. Different percussion instruments play a big part of this song, portraying the ‘bells’ Tracy keeps hearing. Nikki Blonsky’s mezzo-soprano voice is perfect for this heartfelt song. “Ladies Choice” is a 60’s style pop-rock song written for the movie. This song gives Zac Efron a...
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