Big Hair...Big Hit?

August is usually the dreariest month for Broadway openings, a time for boring Shaw revivals and quirky little musicals that want to sneak in and out of town before the real blockbusters arrive in the fall. But the buzz over a quirky little musical called Hairspray is providing a rare lift for Broadway's dog days. Based on John Waters' 1988 cult film about an overweight, twist-era teenager who fights for racial integration on the dance floor, the show got ecstatic reviews during its pre-Broadway run in Seattle. Now, as its Aug. 15 opening approaches, theater insiders are touting it as the...

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