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indiedan
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posted August 20, 2002 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Broadway's new hit musical "Hairspray" is already shaping up to be one of the most successful shows of all time - just one day into its run.

The musical, based on John Waters' 1988 cult movie, is blowing away the success of previous Broadway smashes by taking a whopping $15 million in advance ticket sales - more than the Mel Brooks smash "The Producers."

By 5 p.m. yesterday, the box office had sold $1.5 million worth of tickets for the show, which premiered on Thursday night to rave reviews.

It's the first big hit of the 2002 theater season, and the one-day take puts "Hairspray" in a league with the biggest shows ever. The day before the show opened, box office sales reached $1.9 milllion, propelled by an appearance the cast made on the "Today" show.

The advance ticket sales for "Hairspray," which has a top ticket price of $100, now stand at $10 million in cash plus an additional $5 million in theater parties.

The $15 million advance topped that of "The Producers" when it opened to great acclaim in 2000 with advance ticket sales of $13 million.

The 1988 movie, set in 1962 Baltimore, tells the story of a big girl with big hair who gets her man and becomes a poster girl for a hairspray.

The show brings with it a new Broadway star in the shape of Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Stars who flocked to Thursday night's premiere at Broadway's Neil Simon Theater included chat show queen Ricki Lake, who co-starred in the movie. A very pregnant Sarah Jessica Parker and hubby Matthew Broderick were at the after-party.

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Moby
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posted August 23, 2002 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moby   Click Here to Email Moby     Edit/Delete Message
Like I want to wait 6 months and pay $100 bucks to hear crappy 60s song ripoffs! No thanks!

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MichaelMon
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posted September 30, 2002 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelMon   Click Here to Email MichaelMon     Edit/Delete Message
My friend picked me up a copy of this wonderful new magazine yesterday and it has everything! HAIRSPRAY is on the cover and there is a huge story inside about it, Sutton Foster, Kristin Chenoweth,
Movin Out, Raul Esparza and so many other bway people. It is their first issue... here is a link to the website.
http://www.showpeoplemagazine.com/

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MichaelMon
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posted December 03, 2002 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelMon   Click Here to Email MichaelMon     Edit/Delete Message
With La Boheme opening and being such a must see, I think Hairspray will be the odd-show out come June. It just seems so trivial compared to Baz's triumph.

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posted January 18, 2003 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hamlet   Click Here to Email Hamlet     Edit/Delete Message
Hairspray is so much deeper than that crappy La Boheme. La Boheme is a crappy story even when done by the Metropolitan Opera. It's just bad writing with a couple of nice tunes.

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posted March 05, 2003 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
I started the topic, but I must say, I have no desire to see this musical. I hated the movie, I'm sure I would hate the musical.

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MichaelMon
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posted April 28, 2003 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelMon   Click Here to Email MichaelMon     Edit/Delete Message
I just recently saw it in NYC and it was very good. Very entertaining and funny and Harvey Fierstein was hilarious! The sound was horrible though. Bring earplugs if you go. It's sort of painful during a couple of the big production numbers.

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posted May 12, 2003 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
13 Tony nominations. Hairspray is the big favorite.

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indiedan
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posted May 13, 2003 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
The Broadway musical Hairspray, based on the campy John Waters movie, dominated Tony Award nominations announced Monday. It was named in 13 categories, including best musical, best individual performance (Harvey Fierstein), best actress in a musical (Marissa Jaret Winokur, and best original score.

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posted June 10, 2003 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Flamboyant musical HAIRSPRAY was the big winner at last night's (08JUN03) TONY AWARDS in New York.

The production swept the board at the glitzy ceremony, dedicated to honouring the best work on the American stage.

Hairspray stars - actress MARISSA JARET WINOKUR and actor HARVEY FIERSTEIN - both took home gongs for their respective performances. The show also won the coveted Best Musical trophy, as well as five other gongs.

British actress VANESSA REDGRAVE won the prestigious Best Leading Actress in a Play title, matched by her co-star BRIAN DENNEHY who took home the Best Leading Actor award for the play LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO THE NIGHT.

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posted June 27, 2003 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
The Hairspray writing team has been hired to write a musical of "Catch Me If You Can."

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PegLegSmith
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posted August 06, 2003 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PegLegSmith     Edit/Delete Message
Catch me if you Can the musical? why?

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MichaelMon
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posted September 25, 2003 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelMon   Click Here to Email MichaelMon     Edit/Delete Message
I agree.

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posted November 14, 2003 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lousydrunk   Click Here to Email lousydrunk     Edit/Delete Message
Hairspray the musical. Why?

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fred
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posted December 29, 2003 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
exactly. I much prefer singing cats or singing trains.

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