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 Post subject: Re: Hairspray
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 8:26 am 
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Harvey Fierstein to Leave 'Hairspray'

Robert Simonson
The Playbill on Yahoo
January 23, 2004

Harvey Fierstein (news), who revived his career and received widespread praise for his performance of Edna Turnblad in the smash musical Hairspray, will leave the show on May 2 after a stay of nearly two years.

No replacement Edna has been announced.
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 9:18 am 
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From the Contra Costa Times,

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'Hairspray' a buoyant, toe-tapping indulgence
By Pat Craig / CONTRA COSTA TIMES
"Hairspray" may be the funniest thing to come along since Dame Edna put on a dress.
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Playing Comedy Straight (As Far as It's Possible)

By BEN BRANTLEY
The New York Times
June 23, 2004

Having appeared in the deadpan film mockumentaries "This Is Spinal Tap," "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," Mr. McKean knows the value of playing comedy straight. In donning Edna's well-worn housecoat, he doesn't make the mistake of accessorizing it with overwrought feminine mannerisms.
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 Post subject: Re: Hairspray
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Review: 'Hairspray' Party Still Hopping

The Associated Press
June 22, 2004

Despite a nearly full rotation in its cast since opening two years ago, "Hairspray" seems, if anything, more charming on second viewing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:14 am 
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'Hairspray's' new 'do

By HOWARD SHAPIRO
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2004

This is the tale of two actors in drag, enormous bazooms, millions of bucks, and Mr. and Mrs. America.

It's also the story of how a piece of theater, when it's very good and in high-talent hands, is mystically flexible.
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Hairspray: Composing team infuses '60s songfest with contemporary pop appeal

by JACK ZINK
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Standup comic John Pinette...

"But I always wondered about these actors that make $5million for a movie and then they go and do off-Broadway for a hundred bucks a week. I just didn't get it," he said recently on a tour stop in San Antonio. "Well, after doing this, I get it."
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Wigging out, in a good way

by JACK ZINK
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

At the Broward Center's opening performance, a curiously flat sound mix seemed to drain the show's potential energy, particularly in the first act, and render the voices slightly shrill. Improvements after intermission sweetened the 12-piece band under conductor Jim Bukovich's animated baton.
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Sticky spots don't muss 'Hairspray'
by TONY BROWN for the Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Hairspray," the fun-loving Broadway musical about big hair, rock 'n' roll and racism, spritzed its way to Cleveland Tuesday night.

The gloss of the 2002 show, still running strong in New York, remains largely undisturbed under the national tour's spray-on coat of beehive shellac.

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Michelle Pfeiffer is set to join John Travolta and Queen Latifah in a big-screen version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Pfeiffer, who has been nominated for an Oscar three times, will play the part of former beauty queen Velma von Tussel in the comedy. Travolta will play the downtrodden housewife Edna Turnblad ...

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From Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe:
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Do the white thing
In ‘Hairspray,’ it’s song and dance -- and race

The new film musical “Hairspray” has one of the funniest jokes I’ve seen about the ludicrousness of segregation. At a dance contest for “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program in 1960s Baltimore, a rope is strung across the room, and the white kids dance on one side, the black kids on the other. The joke is literal, but it’s good: They’re doing the Mashed Potato with separate but equal exuberance.

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