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 Motown…  See more details below


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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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.

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  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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Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Got my hands on an advance copy and it is truly one of the best scores written for Broadway in quite some time. Extremely smart and funny music and lyrics that respectfully improve upon the source of their inspiration, brought to life by a brilliant cast, both onstage and on record. Buy it! See it if you can! Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is hands down the most rocking Original Broadway Cast recording in years. In it's incredible accomplishes astonishing results. Here's what it has to offer: 1. A score full of melodies so infectious that they are, as once put, ''simply irresistible.'' 2. Before the show has opened on Broadway, New York Magazine has called it, ''the year's hottest show.'' 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.¿ Entertainment Weekly declares, ''Cross 'Grease' with 'Little Shop of Horrors' and you have an inkling of the giddy joy this disc imparts.'' 3. The following blessing from the ''Hairspray'' creator, John Waters: ''Listening to the feel-good numbers about rats, flashers, hickies, ratted hair and 'checkerboard chicks' turns me into a happy Walt Disney on hallucinogenics, hoping whole busloads of twisted Broadway tourists go to the theatre, abandon their diets and feel sexy about it.'' So...what's wrong with you?!?! If you can get to New your tickets now...If you can' this CD yesterday. You'll want to be up and dancing but will be collapsed on the floor laughing and crying from the sheer jolt of joy this show has to offer. As a fortunate soul who saw the show in it's Seattle pre-Broadway run...I sleep better knowing that Broadway theatre is about to take one giant step closer to healing it's wounds and celebrating ''Divine''-ly inspired musical theatre at it's apex.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In its recent pre-Broadway run out here in Seattle, 'Hairspray' proved to be a witty, nostalgic, skewering romp with an insanely talented cast and surprisingly clever sets. It took the great characters and storyline from the movie and let you be in a room with them - the energy level was just tremendous. If you can't see the real thing in person, and you're a John Waters fan, buy this - it will only add to an already great cult classic storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I was getting ready to see ''Hairspray,'' the matinee audience was just leaving the theatre. People were actually dancing down Seattle's 5th Avenue-- singing. I saw ''Hairspray'' that evening. A few weeks later, the music brought me back. I love this music. You leave the theatre singing and dancing. I can't wait to get my copy of the CD. I would have purchased it at the theatre if it had been available!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful CD. The best songs would have to be "Big Blonde and Beautiful", "It Takes Two", "Mama Im A Big Girl Now", and "Good Morning Baltimore". Marissa Winokur is totally awesome. This is a must have in your Broadway Collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the "Hairspray" CD when it came out in August and I listened to it a few times. I finally went and saw "Hairspray" on Broadway yesterday with the original cast still intact. What an absolute joy. I sat in the front row of the theatre and the energy from the cast, the singing and the dancing was amazing. Listening to it on CD has helped me to relive the tremendous experience I had yesterday and I am ready to go back and see it again. If you haven't listened to it yet, do yourself a favor and buy the CD, then go out and buy a ticket and go see it on Broadway. It will have you tapping your feet and bouncing your body ... in the theatre and in your home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annoying, squeeky voices singing fluff songs. Not deserving of the Grammy, and certainly not desrving of the Tonys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about Hairspray through the Caroline Rhea show. She was a huge fan and mentioned it ever time she could. When the CD came out, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. After listening to it for awhile I had to get it. I fell in love with the songs. Thanks to my mom, I love the oldies, and this CD was full of 60 like songs. I'm glad I took Caroline Rhea's advice about picking up the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such an awsome cd, I listen to it all the time. I had to buy THREE copies, one for my car, home, and headset! This is a wonderfull example of the magic that happens when you mix broadway and pop. It is wonderfull for almost any age. It's got a fabulous cast with amazing voices and the songs make me want to get up and dance everytime I hear them. If You are looking for a wonderfull cd, don't hesitate to buy Hairspray!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAIRSPRAY is in my oppinion, possibly the best musical comedy ever to hit Broadway!!! The songs are soo fun and catchy and will have you singing and dancing in minutes!!!! I am now a hardcore hairspray fan and have seen it in theatre's twice, listened to the CD COUNTLESS times and I still am just as in love with this show as I was the first time! I couldn't possibly pick my favorite song because they are all out of this world! I swear to you, that this will soon become your favorite CD and you won't be able to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw "Hairspray" on Broadway last night through Broadway In Chicago, and I LOVED it!!!! The musical scores were so was so good that I had to go buy the cd last night after the performance at a near by Barnes and Noble. The cd is amazing and I can't stop listening to it. Whenever I listen to it, I just want to get up and dance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say she is just Penny. Kerry Butler a Penny was the best part of the CD. She was great in the last song YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT. She really stands out in that song. She is also rally Hot!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other musical can touch in a such a way that it can suck you right into the story be "rooting" the characters at the end. This album is amazing! There is none like it. The score is one of the best that I have heard. If all Broadway shows had a score like this, Broadway would be a much better place. Highlights are definitely "You Can't Stop The Beat," "Welcome to the 60's," "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful," and "Without Love." This is a neccesity for any Broadway fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keey Butler is the best but the others were talented too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is fluff, the music is so-so, and the voices are annoyingly squeeky. Generally entertaining, but you'd think that for an award-winning production that that there would be more attention paid to the quality of the show and even this technically inferior recording. The other nominees in the Grammy category for musical cast album are much, much better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bad singing (annoying, very squeaky voices, flat notes), script with no substance. Take away all the dancing and one'll find it's all fluff. Fun but definitely NOT deserving of ANY of the awards it received. Get another CD instead!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goodness! Is the the supposed topnotch musical that won awards on Broadway? There's nothing impressive at all! It's fun -- the music has a nice beat and the dance numbers are upbeat, but the story has totally no substance! And the actors leave much to be desired singing-wise (what singing???) and acting-wise. The voices are so squeaky that one has to cover his or her ears to prevent the eardrums from breaking! It's worse when you just buy the recording: the "fun" which is the only thing this musical can legitimately claim it can deliver, does not cross-over to the album. All you'll hear is squeak, squeak, and more squeaks! Don't waste your money on this CD. There are MANY other musical theater albums out there that are worth your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this Cd! The singers are amazing and the music has an amazing beat! Very fun to sing along to and dance too! Must be apart of every theatre collectors collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hairspray is such a fabulous musical! The album is nonstop energy and enthusiasm and can get you dancing immediately. The songs in the show and on the album are fun and easy to sing along with as well as very humorous. The actors in the show have amazing talent and their voices take you back to the ‘60s era in the opening song, “Good Morning Baltimore.” The music can appeal to all audiences from “Big, Blonde, and Beautiful” to “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” My personal favorite is “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” with its catchy lyrics and upbeat tempo. If you love Broadway musicals, this is definitely one to add to your collection. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hairspray is an award winning musical with tracks that reflect on all of what seems to be the American Bandstand days of the 1960's. Just bright colorful music on most of the tracks with a little bit of a do-wop feel that all the couples would come around and slow dance to. With songs such as "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" and "Hairspray" it adds more of a comedic twist than just the speaking dialog like in the musical, "The Fully Monty" but this is not as serious with songs and the musical instrumentals/backgrounds such as "Les Miserables." It's a fun, upbeat, showy soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hairspary deserves all the acclaim its received. The music is absolutely amazing. The cast is wonderful. The same can be said for the story and dancing. Harvey Fierstein steals the show in this one. A must for any Broadway maniac. Worth all 8 2003 Tonys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This like many of my musicals was a random pick up at Barnes and Noble. I fell in love with it, and actually have downloaded two of the ringtones from this cd. Thoroughly enjoyable, alot of fun 50's type music a must have.
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