Hairspray Summary

  • Hairspray is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: July 18, 2002
  • Opens August 15, 2002
  • Show Closed: January 4, 2009

Hairspray the musical follows Tracy, a teenage girl, from the stage of a 1960's dance show to an R&B record shop and along the streets of Baltimore.

Hairspray on Broadway Background

Welcome to the '60s! The stuffy 1950s are over and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and a bigger heart, has just one passion, and that's to dance. Tracy wins a place on a local television dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and, overnight, she is transformed from an outsider to a teen celeb. But can a trendsetter in dance beat the show's reigning queen, win the favor of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a popular TV show without denting her 'do? Only in Hairspray!

What’s Hairspray Like?

Hairspray is based on the cult film classic written and directed by John Waters, with a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Hairspray is directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

Is Hairspray Good for Kids?

Hairspray is suitable for all ages as it contains many messages about inclusion, loyalty and kindness.

Theatre Information

Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,428
Entrance: 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Theatre Information

Neil Simon Theatre Seating Chart

Hairspray Marquee

Hairspray marquee at the Neil Simon Theatre in NYC

Cast Members

Tracy Turnblad
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Edna Turnblad
Harvey Fierstein
Amber Von Tussle
Laura Bell Bundy
Motormouth Maybelle
Mary Bond Davis
Penny Pingleton
Kerry Butler
Velma Von Tussle
Linda Hart
Wilbur Turnblad
Dick Latessa
Link Larkin
Matthew Morrison
Seaweed J Stubbs
Corey Reynolds
Prudy Pingleton
Jackie Hoffman

Past Cast Members

Corny Collins
Clarke Thorell

Producers

MArgo Lion

Adam Epstein

Rick Steiner

The Gordon Frost Organization

Production Credits

Direction
Jack O'Brien
Choreography
Jerry Mitchell
Scenic Design
David Rockwell
Costume Design
William Ivey Long
Lighting Design
Kenneth Posner
Sound Design
Steve Kennedy
Music Direction
Lon Hoyt
Lyrics
Scott WIttman
Music
Marc Shaiman
Book
Thomas Meehan
Book
Mark O'Donnell

Creative Team

General Manager
Laura Green
Company Manager
Marc Borsak
Casting Director
Telsey & Company
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Richard Kornberg & Associates
Production Stage Manager
Steven Beckler