Hairspray (2002 album)

Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Cast recording by Cast of Hairspray
Released August 13, 2002
Recorded June 29, 2002-July 1, 2002
Genre Traditional pop
Length 59:45
Label Sony Records
Producer Marc Shaiman
Thomas Meehan
Hairspray soundtracks chronology
Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture
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Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording is the cast album for the 2002 musical Hairspray. The show is an adaptation of the 1988 film of the same name. It features performances from the show's cast, which includes Harvey Fierstein, Linda Hart, Dick Latessa, Kerry Butler, Clarke Thorell, Mary Bond Davis, Laura Bell Bundy, Matthew Morrison, Corey Reynolds, and Marissa Jaret Winokur as the lead character of Tracy Turnblad. The cast recording earned the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Album information

The cast recording contains seventeen songs from the musical, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. The book for the musical is by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell. Hairspray's music is written and performed to conform to the story's 1962 setting, with influences spanning the genres of doo-wop, rock and roll, soul, and pop.

Sony released the recording on August 13, 2002 (ASIN: B00006AALQ).

Track listing

All songs written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

  1. "Good Morning Baltimore" – Tracy and Company (3:41)
  2. "The Nicest Kids in Town" – Corny and Council Members (2:37)
  3. "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" – Edna, Tracy, Velma, Amber, Prudy, and Penny (3:18)
  4. "I Can Hear the Bells" – Tracy and Company (4:05)
  5. "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" – Velma and Council Members with Tracy, Penny, and Little Inez (2:53)
  6. "It Takes Two" – Link, Tracy, and Men (3:06)
  7. "Welcome to the 60's" – Tracy, Edna, The Dynamites, and Company (3:58)
  8. "Run and Tell That!" – Seaweed, Little Inez, and Detention Kids (3:49)
  9. "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" – Motormouth, Little Inez, Tracy, Edna, Wilbur, and Company (4:37)
  10. "The Big Dollhouse" – Matron, Edna, Velma, Tracy, Amber, Penny, Motormouth, Little Inez, Female Ensemble (3:15)
  11. "Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise)" – Tracy (1:34)
  12. "(You're) Timeless to Me" – Wilbur and Edna (4:09)
  13. "Without Love" – Link, Tracy, Seaweed, and Penny (4:27)
  14. "I Know Where I've Been" – Motormouth and Company (4:02)
  15. "(It's) Hairspray" – Corny and Council Members (2:12)
  16. "Cooties" – Amber and Council Members (1:32)
  17. "You Can't Stop the Beat" – Tracy, Link, Penny, Seaweed, Edna, Wilbur, Motormouth, Amber, Velma, and Company (5:07)
  18. "Blood on the Pavement" (attached with "You Can't Stop the Beat") – Amber, Link, Velma, and Council Members (0:32)*

*Cut song, but it is included as a hidden song, playing after "You Can't Stop the Beat''

Additional songs and score changes

During the recording process and development of the show, many lyrics were switched around, parts added and/or cut, as the play was finalized after this soundtrack was recorded. Some songs in the stage show now differ from their respective recordings on the cast recording, including "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" and "Cooties".

For the cast recording of the show, some songs that were present in the stage show were not included on the recording. "The Madison", one of these numbers, occurs after "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" and is sung by Corny and Company. The song, however, was included on the 2-Disc Collector's Soundtrack titled "Boink-Boink". Another such song, "The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise)", sung by Corny and Council Members, appears in the show before "It Takes Two". An additional song not included on the album is "Velma's Revenge", sung by Velma after "It Takes Two", which serves as a short reprise of "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs".


Main vocalists

The Dynamites

Council Members

(The Nicest Kids in Town, (The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs, (It's) Hairspray, You Can't Stop the Beat)

Record Shop Kids

(Run and Tell That, Big, Blonde, and Beautiful, I Know Where I've Been)


See also

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