Hairspray JR.

Hairspray JR.
You can't stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world.

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.  Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray JR. is a show that will celebrate your students' diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor.

It's 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.

Hairspray JR. is filled with a host of parts for a wide cross-section of students and an abundance of energetic production numbers.

Concert Selections for Hairspray

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • I KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by
    Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
    Orchestrated by
    Harold Wheeler
    Instrumentation
    1 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Drums, 1 Percussion, 2 Guitars, 1 Electric Bass, (6) Violins, (4) Cello, 24 Keyboard 1-Conductor Score, 1 Keyboard 2, 1 Keyboard 3.
  • MAMMA I'M A BIG GIRL NOW
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $0
    Each Additional Performance:
    $0
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by
    Marc Shaiman
    Scott Wittman
    Orchestrated by
    Harold Wheeler
    Instrumentation
    Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Percussion, 2 Guitars, Keyboard 1 (PC), Keyboard 2, Keyboard 3, Violins, Cello, Electric Bass, (20) Chorus Books.
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Questions & Answers

June 29, 2017
How to adapt it to non-diverse cast?
Very similar to other questions, I'm directing this with a non direct show: ideas on how to adapt it? Thanks!
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June 10, 2017
Non-Diverse Cast
My Middle School students have expressed enthusiasm in doing Hairspray JR. next year. However, unfortunately our school, or cast, does not have a large diverse population. I'm wondering if and how this can be adapted for my students, while still staying true to the story.
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May 17, 2017
Also lacking diversity in casting, wondering how other people dealt with this?
Hi! Kind of in the same boat as everyone else - I'm directing for a summer camp that's not super ethnically diverse, is there a way to address this without being disrespectful? If anyone has any ideas, please email me at morganingari@gmail.com. Thank you!
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Can our middle school perform Hairspray Jr. with a partially diverse cast?
Our middle school would like to perform Hairspray Jr. Our student population has some diversity, which is multi-racial, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, not many who are black. What are the requirements and can we work around this? Please send me an email with details, to kimschiff45@gmail.com. Also, does Edna have to be a male? Thank you, Kim
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March 15, 2017
Options for non-diverse Hairspray Jr. production.
My teens have spoken and they want to do Hairspray Jr. I know you have sent some suggestions to others on how to be true to the script without the necessary diversity in our cast members. I would love a copy of those suggestions, debbie@musictheatrewest.org. Thanks!
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December 16, 2016
Hairspray Jr. casting question
My school is in an area without a lot of ethnic diversity. I'm wondering if there is a possibility to classify a group, not racially, but in some other way to make it work for our community? Please let me know any ideas. Thank you.
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December 15, 2016
Diversity
Hi, How do you get round casting for a predominantly white cohort? Many thanks,
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November 08, 2016
Hairspray Jr. diversity and other elements
I am interested in doing Hairspray, but have some question. Does Tracy have to be a girl of larger size, can you get away with someone who is on the more average size? Do I enhance her size through costume? I do have some diversity in my school, but how many students would I need to represent the show in the best way possible? I can cover the principal parts, but I am concerned about the supporting cast and ensemble. What modifications can you make without losing integrity.
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October 31, 2016
Hairslray jr. Edna
For a production of Hairspray jr. Can you have a male play Edna? Since in the full version its usually a male.
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September 29, 2016
about full score?
If we work with an orchestra, I see that you have an Hairspray jr piano-voice full score, but the does the full score exists? With the brass, violin, etc? And how much would it cost? We dont have much money... Thanks for the infos!
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