Bearspray at Sesame Place

Hairspray is a Broadway musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the musical follows the story of overweight Tracy Turnblad, her rise to local stardom and the integration of the local teenage dance show.



  • Zac Efron played Link Larkin in the 2007 film
  • John Travolta played Edna Turnblad in the 2007 film
  • Jerry Stiller played Wilbur Turnblad in the original (non-musical) film and Mr. Pinky in the 2007 film
  • Harvey Fierstein originated the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway and reprised the role in 2016 NBC live musical telecast
  • Kerry Butler originated the role of Penny Pingleton on Broadway
  • Michelle Pfeiffer played the role of Velma Von Tussle in the 2007 film
  • James Marsden played Corny Collins in the 2007 film
  • Christopher Walken played Wilber Turnblad in the 2007 film
  • Queen Latifah played "Motormouth" Maybelle in the 2007 film
  • Allison Janney played Prudence "Prudy" Pingleton in the 2007 film
  • Paul Dooley played Harriman F. Spritzer in the 2007 film
  • Ricki Lake was the original Tracy Turnblad in the John Waters film, and made a cameo in the 2007 film musical
  • Lance Bass played Corny Collins on Broadway
  • Michael McKean played Edna Turnblad on Broadway
  • Bruce Vilanch played Edna Turnblad on Broadway
  • George Wendt played Edna Turnblad on Broadway

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