Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Even before the musical Hairspray opened on Broadway, its score was drawing critical raves. Jesse Green of The New York Times called Marc Shaiman’s music “the best pop Broadway score… since pop and Broadway parted company some 30 years ago.” Drawing on early-1960s teen fare, from the sounds of rock 'n' roll and Phil Spector’s mega-productions to MotownSee more details below

Overview

Even before the musical Hairspray opened on Broadway, its score was drawing critical raves. Jesse Green of The New York Times called Marc Shaiman’s music “the best pop Broadway score… since pop and Broadway parted company some 30 years ago.” Drawing on early-1960s teen fare, from the sounds of rock 'n' roll and Phil Spector’s mega-productions to Motown grooves and girl group hits, the music behind Hairspray brilliantly evokes the era's styles without slavishly copying them. You can tell from many of the song titles alone -- “You Can't Stop the Beat,” “Without Love,” “Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now “ -- that the composers are fully clued in to the '60s zeitgeist while also having the requisite distance to cast a knowing wink at the music and the times that spawned it. For all those who remember that exciting moment in pop culture, and for all those who will be getting their first taste of it, Hairspray is this year’s cast album to hear.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
John Waters' engaging 1988 film Hairspray received a musical comedy makeover in 2002 that became a bona fide Broadway hit. The original cast album immediately reveals the foundation of the show's success through its winning combination of clever lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a bouncy rock & roll sound courtesy of composer Marc Shaiman, and dynamic performances by the entire cast. Composer Shaiman, who also composed the music for another genuinely funny (movie) musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, gives his music a boundless energy that works both as knowing '60s pastiche and solidly effective musical comedy scoring. As heroine Tracy Turnblad, Marissa Jaret Winokur's bubbly vocals light up numbers like the opening "Good Morning, Baltimore" and "I Can Hear the Bells," while Linda Hart gives a sneeringly funny performance of "Miss Baltimore Crabs." Other standout numbers include the Dick Latessa and Harvey Fierstein duet "(You're) Timeless to Me" and the penultimate number, "Cooties" (which boasts lyrics like: "Grew up in a cootie zoo/I bet her two-ton mama's/Got 'em too!"). It's fun, it's catchy, it's funny -- it's one of the best comic musical albums since Little Shop of Horrors
Entertainment Weekly
Cross Grease with Little Shop of Horrors and you have an inkling of the giddy joy this disc imparts.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998770829
catalogNumber:
87708
Rank:
39953

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Tracks

  1. Good Morning Baltimore
  2. The Nicest Kids In Town
  3. Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now
  4. I Can Hear The Bells
  5. (When I Was) Miss Baltimore Crabs
  6. It Takes Two
  7. Welcome To The '60's
  8. Run And Tell That!
  9. Big, Blonde And Beautiful
  10. The Big Dollhouse
  11. Good Morning Baltimore Reprise
  12. (You're) Timeless To Me
  13. Without Love
  14. I Know Where I've Been
  15. (It's) Hairspray
  16. Cooties
  17. You Can't Stop The Beat

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Mann   Reeds
Martin Agee   Violin
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Peter Calo   Guitar
Francisco Centeno   Electric Bass
Keith Cotton   Keyboards
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Clint DeGanon   Drums
Seth Farber   Keyboards
Linda Hart   Vocals
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Carol Pool   Violin
David Spinozza   Guitar
Dave Riekenberg   Reeds
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Harvey Fierstein   Vocals
Laura Bell Bundy   Vocals
Dick Latessa   Vocals
Rob Shaw   Violin,Concert Master
Laura Oatts   Violin
Shayna Steele   Vocals
Clarke Thorell   Vocals
Kerry Butler   Vocals
Shoshana Bean   Vocals
Marissa Jaret Winokur   Vocals
Matthew Morrison   Vocals
Jackie Hoffman   Vocals
Hairspray Cast Ensemble   cast
Corey Reynolds   Vocals
Mary Bond Davis   Vocals
Hairspray Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Lon Hoyt   Conductor
John Hill   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Waters   Liner Notes
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer
Harold Wheeler   Orchestration
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Scott Wittman   Lyricist
Pete Karam   Engineer,Engineering
Brett Alan Sommer   Programming,Orchestration
Jim Harp   Programming,Orchestration
Thomas Meehan   Book
Emily King   Synopsis

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