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Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality generated unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation.

“In December 1963, producers at Baltimore’s WJZ-TV cancelled ‘The Buddy Deane Show’ rather than integrate the popular teen dance program… Baltimore native John Waters’ film HAIRSPRAY offered up an alternate history.” —Matthew Delmont, The Atlantic

“While it’s corny by design, HAIRSPRAY also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice weighing down the city circa 1963, and how youthful optimism and music made a difference….” —Noel Murray, The Dissolve

“More than just a nostalgic romp…its plot reveals the director’s interest in the incendiary politics of style. When Tracy is radicalized by the school’s all-white policy, she doesn’t join the Weathermen, she begins ironing her hair.” —Emanuel Levy,

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