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Hairspray [2007 Soundtrack]

Hairspray [2007 Soundtrack]

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The new film version of Hairspray -- set in the racially segregated Baltimore of the 1960s -- is based on the Broadway musical adaptation of John Waters's original 1988 film. Whew, that's a whole lotta Hairspray! But with a stellar cast that includes John Travolta in drag as Edna Turnblad (a role made famous by Divine in the original film) and a bleach


The new film version of Hairspray -- set in the racially segregated Baltimore of the 1960s -- is based on the Broadway musical adaptation of John Waters's original 1988 film. Whew, that's a whole lotta Hairspray! But with a stellar cast that includes John Travolta in drag as Edna Turnblad (a role made famous by Divine in the original film) and a bleach-blonde Queen Latifah as ballsy record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle (played by Ruth Brown in the original film), this incarnation is sure to please diehard fans and become a classic in its own right. Soundtrack highlights include the anthemic "Good Morning Baltimore," belted with bravado by newcomer Nikki Blonsky as lead character Tracy Turnblad, the infectious cast number "You Can't Stop the Beat," and three new numbers written for the movie -- "Ladies' Choice," "New Girl in Town," and "Come So Far." The disc also includes two bonus tracks from the Broadway show that were not performed in the film, including "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," sung by the three actresses who have played Hairspray's heroine -- Blonsky, Ricki Lake (from the original movie), and Marissa Jaret Winokur (from the original Broadway cast).

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hairspray began life in 1988 as the first John Waters film to earn a PG rating, despite such subversive elements as the casting of cross-dressing Waters favorite Divine as Edna, the mother of the main character, tubby teenager Tracy Turnblad. The story was further softened in its conversion to a Broadway musical hit in 2002 with a raft of songs written and performed in the period style of 1962 pop
ock; this time, openly gay actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein donned a dress to play the mother, his gravelly bass voice notwithstanding. It is some measure of the work's ongoing move toward the mainstream that in the 2007 movie musical based on the stage musical that was based on the first movie, John Travolta in a fat suit becomes Edna. It may be inevitable that a big-budget movie requires name stars and that those name stars require changes to beef up the parts they play and make them more sympathetic. The satiric edges of Hairspray have definitely been rounded off by now, but Travolta, although he doesn't make much of an impression in the film beyond his makeup and prosthetics (and, with his speak-singing, even less of one on the soundtrack), isn't really to blame for what director Adam Shankman calls the repurposing of the script and score, even though Travolta and another Hollywood name, Michelle Pfeiffer, have been handed a reprise of the song "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" that their characters did not do on-stage. The real beneficiary of that repurposing seems to have been Zac Efron, who gets a whole new song, "Ladies' Choice," in his role as Link, Tracy's romantic ideal. There is a marketplace justification for this, as attendance of early showings of the film could confirm; a whole part of the audience, entirely consisting of females under five feet tall, thought of the film as the new Zac Efron movie based on his instant stardom with the tween set as the result of High School Musical. Among the other new songs, "The New Girl in Town" was actually written for the show, but cut, and is welcome back. Finally, there is "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)," an extra number for another star, Queen Latifah. It's worth noting, however, that this song is not actually shoehorned into the film proper; it's merely performed under the lengthy end credits, along with two songs from the stage show that also couldn't fit, the delightful "Cooties" and "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," the latter rendered as a trio by Nikki Blonsky, the second film's Tracy; Ricki Lake, who appeared in the first film; and Marissa Jaret Winokur, Broadway's Tracy. (Missing entirely is "The Big Dollhouse.") That's a nice touch, even if it means that the score's big finishing number, "You Can't Stop the Beat," now comes three songs from the end; think of the rest as bonus tracks. Whatever one makes of the alterations, it can at least be said that they were instituted by the principals. Composer and co-lyricist Marc Shaiman produced the album, and he clearly took the opportunity of an increased budget to do a bigger version of the score. Broadway cast albums generally have to be recorded in a day due to union rules, but a movie soundtrack can be constructed over time, and the credit list suggests that every session musician in the greater Los Angeles area participated on this recording. As a result, Shaiman really gets the sounds he's after, starting with "Good Morning Baltimore," the Phil Spector copy, which has a genuine Wall of Sound this time, and continuing with the other tunes, each echoing an early-'60s model. Blonsky does not impress as much as Winokur did, but she gets so much support from all concerned that this comes off as Shaiman's best realization of his music yet.

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Related Subjects


  1. Good Morning Baltimore
  2. The Nicest Kids in Town
  3. It Takes Two
  4. (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs
  5. I Can Hear the Bells
  6. Ladies' Choice
  7. The New Girl in Town
  8. Welcome to the 60's @@Nikki Blonsky & John Travolta
  9. Run and Tell That
  10. Big, Blonde and Beautiful
  11. Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise) @@John Travolta & Michelle Pfeiffer
  12. (You're) Timeless to Me @@John Travolta & Christopher Walken
  13. I Know Where I've Been
  14. Without Love @@Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Elijah Kelley & Amanda Bynes
  15. (It's) Hairspray
  16. You Can't Stop the Beat @@Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta & Queen Latifah
  17. Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) @@Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron & Elijah Kelley
  18. Cooties
  19. Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now @@Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur & Nikki Blonsky
  20. [CD-Rom Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Price   Ensemble,Track Performer
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Rhythm
John Travolta   Vocals
Sid Page   Violin
Richard Todd   Horn
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Phil Ayling   Oboe
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Peter Calo   Rhythm,Track Performer
Darius Campo   Violin
Francisco Centeno   Rhythm,Track Performer
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Keith Cotton   Keyboards,Rhythm,Ensemble,Track Performer
James Cox   Keyboards
Jim Cox   Rhythm,Track Performer
Clint DeGanon   Rhythm
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
George Doering   Guitar,Rhythm,Track Performer
Nathan East   Bass,Rhythm,Track Performer
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Alan Estes   Percussion
Brandon Fields   Clarinet
Mike Fisher   Rhythm,Track Performer
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Rick Gerding   Viola
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Rick Gratton   Rhythm,Track Performer
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Greg Huckins   Flute
Paul Jackson   Rhythm,Track Performer
James Kanter   Clarinet
Dennis Karmazyn   Celli
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Queen Latifah   Vocals
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Dane Little   Celli
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Dermot Mulroney   Celli
Bobbi Page   Ensemble,Track Performer
Dean Parks   Rhythm,Track Performer
Weldon Dean Parks   Guitar
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Katia Popov   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Larry Saltzman   Rhythm,Track Performer
Marc Shaiman   Keyboards,Ensemble,Track Performer
David Spinozza   Rhythm,Track Performer
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass,Rhythm,Track Performer
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Frank Wolf   Ensemble,Track Performer
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Arnold McCuller   Ensemble,Track Performer
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Andrew Shulman   Celli
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Lawrence Williams   Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Michelle Pfeiffer   Vocals
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Ayanna Williams   Ensemble,Track Performer
Darrin McCann   Viola
Antony Cooke   Celli
David Parmeter   Bass
Keith Greene   Viola
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Andrew Martin   Trombone
Roberto Cani   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Bass,Rhythm,Track Performer
Christopher Walken   Vocals
Shayna Steele   Vocals
Terita Redd   Vocals
Liane Mautner   Violin
Piotr Jandula   Viola
Michael Mayo   Ensemble,Track Performer
Jennifer Gambatese   Ensemble,Track Performer
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Ricki Lake   Vocals
Allen Savedoff   Bassoon
Aimee Allen   Vocals
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Chester Gregory   Ensemble,Track Performer
Eric J. Hosler   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Shanti Randall   Viola
Marina Manukian   Violin
Clarke Thorell   Ensemble,Track Performer
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Shoshana Bean   Ensemble,Track Performer
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Larry E. Williams   Saxophone
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Carmel Echols   Ensemble,Track Performer
Marissa Jaret Winokur   Vocals
Jessica Rotter   Ensemble,Track Performer
Lucian Piane   Ensemble,Track Performer
Clifford Frazier   Ensemble,Track Performer
Zac Efron   Vocals
Katharine Leonard   Ensemble,Track Performer
Terron Brooks   Ensemble,Track Performer
Sabrina Sloan   Ensemble,Track Performer
Nikki Blonsky   Vocals
Brittany Snow   Vocals
Elijah Kelley   Vocals
Amanda Bynes   Vocals
Larry Andrew Williams   Saxophone
James Marsden   Vocals
Steven Schaeffer   Percussion,Rhythm,Track Performer
Alex Iles   Trombone
Steven Holtman   Trombone
James Thatcher   Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Celli
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Celli
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Ralph Morrison   Violin,Concert Master
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Brian O'Connor   Horn

Technical Credits

Adam   Author
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Bruce Coughlin   Orchestration
Jerry Hey   Orchestration
Dan Higgins   Orchestration
Marc Shaiman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Author,Orchestration,Audio Production
Harold Wheeler   Orchestration
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian   Orchestration
Paul Broucek   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Scott Wittman   Composer,Lyricist
Pete Karam   Engineer
Lori Silfen   Music Business Affairs
Jason Cienkus   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Adam Shankman   Liner Notes
Chris Spilfogel   Engineer
Jason Linn   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Sandeep Sriram   Soundtrack Director
Lucian Piane   Programming,Producer

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