Things have come in a full circle for Hairspray
... Originally a cult John Waters film in 1988 (starring Ricky Lake, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Sonny Bono, and Divine), the movie was adapted for the stage in 2002, and became a smash hit, Tony-award winning Broadway musical.
Now following that success, Hairspray
is returning to its roots on the big screen, with the new Broadway musical stage version transferred back to celluloid. It features songs from the Broadway show by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, as well as three new numbers.
The long-awaited Hairspray
movie-musical also stars a number of big names... John Travolta takes on Divine's role of Edna Turnblad, mother of "pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy Turnblad (played this time by newcomer Nikki Blonsky).
The revival in popularity for movie musicals has encouraged other Hollywood stars to warm up their singing voices for the film... Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, and Queen Latifah all feature, along with Brittany Snow, and High School Musical
star Zac Efron.
Hairspray opens July 20th in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Moviegoers in Australia and New Zealand will have to wait until mid-September to see the cult revival on the big screen.