dammit why is this record so difficult to obtain
Oh. It’s out there, but it ain’t cheap! http://www.discogs.com/Barbara-Lynn-Here-Is/master/356649
Ciudad de México / Mexico City - 1969
Photo by Graciela Iturbide
Can we talk about how Hairspray is a story where a not-conventionally-attractive girl gets the hot guy in the end without having to Become “Pretty.” Because we need more stories like that.
It’s also story about breaking down the barriers of racism which we also need more of.
And it’s about nice hair and cheesy dance moves, more things we need more of
It’s a movie where John Travolta plays a chic, which we need more of
No. We don’t need more of men in roles which should have gone to plus size women.
Actually, the role was written as a man playing a woman because it’s a pantomime technique so it’s not like the movie purposely discriminated, It was literally just written that way and it’s probably one of my favourite comedic techniques.
Actually, the role was written as a man playing a woman because in the original Hairspray movie the role was played by Divine, a radical and influential plus-size drag queen. It is in honor of that original casting and in Divine’s memory that more recent stage and movie adaptations of Hairspray have continued to cast Mrs. Turnblad as a man in drag.
Yinz all need to rent the original from 1986. It is the gateway movie for Divine and John Waters’ amazing film collaborations. Watch that then Polyester, Pink Flamingos, and Female Troubles. You are welcome in advance. And the original Tracy Turnblad (played by Ricki Lake) makes the musical version seem like Tracy lite. She is fierce, confident, and self assured. She loves Link, but I think that precious hair hopper would have conquered all with her spunky sass with or without him. Great social commentary on the 60s, racism, and a fat girl lead that loves herself as she is and exudes charisma and sheer awesomeness effortlessly… it is so fantastic! It is what helped me become a Heftyhideaway girl!