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HAIRSPRAY: out with the new, in with the OLD!

December 1, 2007

HairsprayAs a surprise, since we weren’t achieving escape velocity from Ventucky any time soon, the Big Monkey rented Hairspray for me, the beloved John Waters film remade as a Broadway musical then remade as a film musical with John Travolta in Divine’s role as Edna Turnblad ( just in case you’ve been living on the beach in Baja in your bus for the last few years…)

I was very excited–in fact, I said, oh you should have just bought it! I wore out my old VHS tape of the original and had big plans for the new one. I couldn’t wait to teach my son all the great dances like the Madison (Trace It!) and Hand Jive and the Stroll…and practice The Dog to I’m Blue with the Big Monkey…

But wait! and wait –and WAIT!! what happened to all the great songs and dances??? They’ve been replaced with Broadway musical typed numbers!! All right, I understand, it’s musical now…but didn’t they get that some of those original songs and dances were irreplaceable??

They don’t do the Madison OR The Dog–I’m Blue isn’t even in it at all!

Not to mention that John Travolta is awful…he has some strange weird lispy accent never before heard and never again please.

So track down the original Hairspray, the John Waters version, and revel in Divine, try to do some of the crazy dances, marvel at I’m Blue, and so much more…

ever on the prowl for that which engages my soul, whether it be new or old, i’m truly yours, the art predator

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  1. lori bucholz permalink
    May 30, 2008 1:30 am

    your wierd

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