Aroview: Sweet, plump Tracey Turnblad (newcomer Nikki Blonsky) twists and do-wops her way into her own dream - a place in the core cast of the Corny Collins dance show - and into U.S. civil rights history, in this toe-tapping, butt-wiggling, beehive-jiggling 1960s period musical.
Adpated from the Broadway show, the ‘07 edition lacks the B-grade bubblegum tang of the 1988 John Waters original, but amps up the musical pep and feelgood fun, and features the spectacle of a fat-suited and in-drag John Travolta in the Divine role as Mrs Turnblad.
It’s 1962, and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion–to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can the trendsetting Tracy win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in, despite the program’s scheming stage manager? All she needs is her best friend Penny, a toe- tappin’ beat - and a little Hairspray!