Hairspray : 5 of 5
Although Hairspray has become a Broadway classic, somehow I've completely missed out on this show, so I really didn't know anything about the show. But since I love musicals, I knew I had to see this movie, and now I'm a fan! The music is absolutely fantastic, full of upbeat numbers that kept my toes tapping and my hands drumming through the entire movie right there in the theater, and the performances are pretty amazing. I can't imagine anyone as perfect as Nikki Blonsky for the role of Tracy - she's exploding with energy that makes you cheer for her all the way. Thankfully my pal Melinda was with me to explain that the role of Edna is always played by a man, or I would have been constantly wondering why in the world John Travolta was shaking those big fake boobs around! He does a pretty good job - he manages to be funny, but his singing voice seems really weak when he's trying to sound female. All of the other performances are fantastic, and I always love seeing Broadway production numbers done on film where they can change scenes instantly between lines of a song (which was fantastic on I Can Hear the Bells). The scenes on the Corny Collins Show were hilarious, too, doing a great spoof of perfect plastic kids, right down to a Mickey Mouse Club style role call. In addition to enjoying all of the sheer talent, I also loved the story, since I always like plots where the underdog wins out in the end. I had a fantastic time watching Hairspray, and now I'm certain I won't miss any future opportunities to see it on stage!