Hairspray: Musical Info & Synopsis


Hairspray follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, an optimistic and plus-sized teenager with a passion for dancing. Despite the societal norms that favor slimmer figures, Tracy is determined to make her mark on a local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show,” and promote diversity and inclusion in the process. Her journey takes her through the world of dance, civil rights, and self-acceptance. Hairspray is a feel-good celebration of individuality and the power of change.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Cast Size: 18+

Genre: Dramedy

Setting: 1960s / USA (Maryland)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman

Lyrics: Scott Wittman

Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (2002)➝

Television Cast (2016)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


2000s, Based on a Movie, Feel-Good, Gospel, High SchoolMega Musical, One-Word, PopularRockSchoolTony Award

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