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Wed, Aug 7 at 8:00pm


  • Dir. Adam Shankman
  • USA
  • 2007
  • 117 min.
  • PG
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Queer Qlassics

Wed, Aug 7 at 8:00pm: Introduction from Olivia Hill, Metro Council Member At-Large and Tennessee's first openly transgender elected official. Voter registration organization HeadCount will be in the Belcourt's alcove | BUY TICKETS

Like most teen girls her age, Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) longs to sing and dance on Baltimore’s hottest daytime television network — but she doesn’t quite fit the bill according to the station’s producers who are dead set on preserving a slim white American identity. Determined to shepard her community into the new age, Tracy sweeps audiences off of their feet and uses her new found fame to stand in solidarity with her Black peers, and everyone else who deviates from the status quo. With an unforgettable performance from John Travolta as Tracy’s borderline agoraphobic mom, Edna Turnblad, HAIRSPRAY boldly dreams of a world where equality reigns supreme, and love is forever triumphant.

“Leaps at you with such joy and vigour and generosity you cannot reject it.” —Deborah Ross, The Spectator 

“Easily the most entertaining major studio release of 2007.” —Micheal Compton, Bowling Green Daily News 

“In the world of movies based on Broadway musicals that are in turn based on earlier non-musicals, this one is the best.” —Dave White,