Hairspray Research Paper

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Hairspray, the musical, is based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The American musical includes music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The story begins with Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with an even bigger heart, who is on a mission to follow her dreams. She works hard to dance her way onto national television with the nice and rich kids in town. Tracy’s audition is a success, and she uses her fame to fight for equality during the 1960s. Along the way, Tracy meets the love of her life, Link Larkin. Margo Lion, theatre producer, first considered Hairspray in 1998, and later obtained the rights from New Line Cinema. Andrew Amerson and Scott Wittman expressed interest in…show more content…
She and her best friend Penny run home every day after school to watch the show. Corny Collins holds auditions after one of the stars of the show leaves to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. Tracy learns dance moves from Seaweed, her black friend, and she uses them in her audition. However, not everyone is happy with the decision to have Tracy on the show. The show´s manager, Velma Von Tussle, and Amber Von Tussle, her daughter, do everything they can to get Tracy off the show. Tracy´s dream comes true and she becomes a local celebrity. Tracy uses this fame to advocate for racial segregation during the time, but above all in the show. She knew it would be a hard battle, but Tracy had the goal to win the battle for desegregation on TV. Moreover, Hairspray teaches an incredible moral lesson. First, the story instills in everyone the idea of self-acceptance. Tracy Turnblad was overweight, but she likes herself just the way she is. Her weight was always the target for everyone to not like her. She seems to not care, and for a teenage girl this was outstanding. Second, the characters have to deal with some critical issues at the dawn of the civil rights movements. The 1960s was a time of segregation and racism. However, Tracy represented all those that sought to end segregation in all public

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