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 20, 2018
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Hairspray with non-diverse cast

Hi!

I know that you have sent emails in the past with information on doing Hairspray with a non-diverse cast and I would greatly appreciate that information.  In my case we have a lot of different ethnicities, but few white students and a small amount of native African students.  The rest of the student population is Asian and Hispanic.  I would love to do this musical if possible.   

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May 19, 2018
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Can I produce this musical without the racial diversity?

Because of the nature of the show, I was wondering if there was an adaptation of this show that could include a non-diverse cast. 

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April 14, 2018
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Similar to everyone else’s about producing this show with a non-diverse cast.

I absolutely love this show & would possibly like to produce it in a non-diverse school. This is the main reason I have not done this show yet. Would it be possible to send the link to my e-mail about how to do this show with a non-diverse cast?

Thank you! 

~Jennifer 

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I am checking on a submitted contract...

I submitted my contract early Jan and haven't heard back.  I have emailed and tried calling Roseanne George but have not heard back.  Our Jr. play is in April and it is making me nervous. 

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September 23, 2017
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All Hispanic/Latino Cast

Could you please send me the email with suggestions for producing the show with a non-diverse cast?

Thank you!

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June 29, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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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