I LOVE musicals! I always have. I am pretty sure I rented Grease or Annie every year for my birthday party! I vividly remember grabing the Arts section from the Sunday newspaper, looking up auditions as a child and asking my mom to cart my sister and I around town to sing for the directors. I was excited for the new movie Hairspray from the moment I saw the trailer. Although, I know many many musical soundtracks and storylines, Hairspray was pretty unfamiliar to me. For this purpose, I rented the Ricki Lake version, but was disappointed to say the least. Still planning to see the new movie ( I am huge fan of John Travolta and contemporary musical movies), I jumped at the chance to celebrate my sister's birthday with a matinee of the show!
I was pleasantly surprised at the fabulousness of the movie! From the opening scene/song, I was excited and could feel the energy of the performers. Although, this Tracy Turnblad looked a great deal like Ricki Lake, she was extrodinarily lovable and talented. John Travolta made me laugh so hard as the drag queen-mother, Edna. And of course, Christopher Walken, another all time favorite, as Tracy's father, Wilbur Turnblad.
It was a great, mindless, toe-tapping good time. You feel like you should after you watch a musical. Happy, and a little stage envious. I loved it! It was so fun to celebrate Julie's brithday this way! ( I need to buy the soundtrack now!)