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Hairspray (2002 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Marc Shaiman, Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Scott Wittman, Kerry ButlerAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00006AALQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Hairspray ~ Original Cast

The cast recording for the Broadway musical of John Waters's 1988 paean to dance, music, big beautiful women, and integration is a sheer delight. It's wonderfully upbeat all the way through, with a classic feel that's in keeping with the story's setting in the early 1960s. The characters come alive in these songs, from Marissa Jaret Winokur's (Tracy Turnblad) opening lines in "Good Morning Baltimore" to the stunningly upbeat finale, "You Can't Stop the Beat." The music is by Marc Shaiman, whose recent projects include South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, as well as a number of film soundtracks, and his compositions are simultaneously solid and exuberant. Shaiman and Scott Wittman's lyrics brim over with the unreserved passions and primary-color emotions that made the film so successful. Regardless of one's familiarity with the story or the stage production, it's hard to avoid the appeal of this recording; even the less cheerful songs are awash in bright colors, without disrespect for their subjects. --Genevieve Williams

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So infectious there should be a vaccine... February 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Hairspray" is a terrific modern musical. It could be this generation's "Grease", only with a better plot. In fact, if you like "Grease" AND you enjoy "Little Shop of Horrors", this is a guaranteed future favorite for you.
The story, such that it is, involves Tracy Turnblad, a chunky but peppy white female who aches to dance on a local "American Bandstand"-type show in Baltimore circa the early 60's. Not only does she not fit the "typical" teenager on the show, but she finds it astonishing that blacks cannot dance on the show with whites.
Her mother, played by the inimitable Harvey Fierstein, naturally underestimates her daughter's tenacity. She believes that Tracy will never get on the show, and doesn't want to see her crushed by unattainable goals.
As you'd expect, she gets on the show, and dancing integration is achieved, but the music used to get you there is flat-out, full-blown, grin-from-ear-to-ear FUN.
It is brilliantly derivative of pre-British invasion rock music, melding rockabilly with Detroit soul. It sounds like EVERY song you can remember. Seriously. They're all here.
In the same way that a fond memory tends to get better with time, the score distills the best parts of that era's music, and pretty much puts it ALL on the stage. Spector-ish epics, raucous Motown, steamy Stax, teen idol Presley...I could spend days counting off the references. There should be an index.
The voices are above-average Broadway fare...WAY above-average in parts, and suit their characters just dandy.
Perhaps the musical would be better served if the entire score was presented, as people who have not yet seen the show are missing out on some great stuff that happens between these tunes.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slickly Botched August 13, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The disclaimer is that this is a review of the cd, not the score, which is wonderful. The problem with the recording is that it was produced by the composer, Marc Shaiman, who has mostly worked with incidental film music. This score needed a producer familiar with theatrical sound because the score is easily the best thing about seeing the show live. What we get in this recording in a slickly produced (overproduced) pop record that favors the lead vocals while treating the accompanying music and vocals as background (in the truest sense of the word). The urgency and fun of the music is lost here, and this recording lands with a hefty thud when it should have sparkled to life. Oh, and the percussion is really loud, too, perhaps to try to give the recording a Wall of Sound-like quality. It just ends up being distracting and overwhelming. Hopefully, the show will be recorded live, or it will eventually be remastered. For now it's a lame souvenir of a theatrically vibrant score.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun! January 21, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
But I must agree with many reviewers: it IS overrated (very overrated, I must say). I enjoyed watching it, but I couldn't believe it won over the many excellent musicals the 2002-03 Broadway season offered.
But do get the album or see the show if you get the chance. You'll be on your feet dancing in no time!
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed. February 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
For all the praise and awards that this show has garnered, I was expecting something-ANYTHING better than this! Over-produced, and under-talented, I found this as the biggest waste of my money and it went straight to a used CD store!
I understand it's supposed to be the anti-musical musical, but there is something to be said for occasionally hitting the right notes-maybe not all the time, but at least once a song-is that asking too much for a Broadway smash?
Bottom Line:The story's a shmaltzy feel-good parading around like a serious matter, and that's not too bad-but the music-your money would be better spent buying ANYTHING else!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful musical January 26, 2004
By ned
Format:Audio CD
An effective feel-good show: music has a good beat and the costumes and choreography are second only to the dazzling attires and complex movements of the very charming Flower Drum Song revival.
A must-see on Broadway and a must-buy soundtrack for customers!
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum August 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, I guess I was expecting too much of the music I heard on the movie soundtrack. This was ok but not as good as the movie soundtrack.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay April 2, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Not bad -- in fact, very entertaining. But awards-wise, NOT deserving of the Grammy and certainly not the Tony. There are other musicals out there that should receive these awards.
If you just want to have fun, though, this CD is worth checking out.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shrill, squeaky, and actually annoying. October 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I missed the previews on Broadway last year, which started a week after I had left, but I was terribly excited to hear the cast recording. Except for "Without Love," "I Know Where I've Been," "(It's) Hairspray," and "You Can't Stop the Beat," I was actually quite annoyed with the shrill and squeaky voices all around. If all that is supposed to bring one back to the early 60's, I'm real' glad I was too young to know any better. This is definitely not an easy listen, and actually staggeringly traumatic on the ears and senses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
my husband loved it! Nuff said!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Tara Wiles (Ewing)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 3 months ago by DEB
3.0 out of 5 stars Aftert all the hyoe
It's fun but I really don't get the incredible popularity. Not one I'll be listening to very often. bought it when i was considering auditioning for a production of the show, and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Book&musiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing along with me!
While I drive my husband and son nuts, I love to sing along with this CD in the car! It's even got the lyrics to all the songs to make it that much easier to sing! Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast recording!
My partner and I saw this show in person and this recording is like being there again. Highly recommended for purchase!!
Published 16 months ago by Jim Emlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Story and Music to Delight
Always lots of fun and the music is never old. This is a musical that you can enjoy seeing again and again.
Published 17 months ago by Doris J. Simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars I never got the cd
the vendor never returned phone calls, or responded to emails. I never received the cd. I had to download it, which is probably what I should have done in the first place. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Suzanne Aldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Stop the Beat
Always a classic, too bad it closed on Bway. I dont think this is a 'nice' of an album than the movie version, but this IS the original
Published 21 months ago by Bradley H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hairspray
I love the music from this show! It is so incredibly upbeat and fun - a real toe tapper. I would recommend it to everyone!
Published 22 months ago by PL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for being used
I always like getting used CD's on amazon because it's fast and cheap.
This CD did have a skip on it during one of the songs that was not mentioned in the description, but I'm... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Gina C. Giachero
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