This wildly successful Broadway incarnation of John Waters' 1988 movie by the same name was the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The New York Times said of the show, "If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It's irresistible!"
Hairspray opened on August 15, 2002 and ran until January 4, 2009. The cast starred Marissa Jaret Winokur as Tracy Turnblad and Harvey Fierstein as her mother Edna and featured Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Linda Hart, and Dick Latessa.
Hairspray was written by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and the book is by Mark O'Donnel and Thomas Meehan.