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Showtunes about the USA 4 – Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray

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Good Morning Baltimore from the musical Hairspray is one of the most well known songs from the broadway show. Not only does everyone love this showtune, but it is an awesome song to represent the city. It is positive, funny and a bit quirky, just like Baltimore. The original movie was created and produced by Jon Waters and starred the drag queen Divine as well as talk show hostess Ricki Lake. The movie became an instant cult classic because the music was great, the dancing was fun and the characters were absolutely ridiculous. Most people can still quote the original movie like “Penny Pingleton, you are Positively, Permanently Punished” or many of the other funny rhyming quotes. Jon Waters produced a ton of movies but the one that made it to broadway the biggest is Hairspray.

The show starts out with Tracy Turnblad standing vertical against a bed under a blanket like you’re starring down at her from the ceiling. All of the sudden she wakes up and jumps out of bed and begins her day by singing about how amazing Baltimore is. Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray is the perfect way to open the show because it isn’t just funny, but it is a fun song to sing. It walks you through the city and you even somewhat feel like you are actually there when she is describing it. Although Baltimore is not exactly how she describes it, and it isn’t the 60’s anymore, it really is a pretty good representation of the city and everyone loves to sing it, especially as you are driving or taking a train through the city.

Good Morning Baltimore is one of the most well known new songs from the show. When they went from the movie to broadway, they brought in an entirely new soundtrack and then when they turned the show into a movie again, they got rid of numerous other songs. Luckily Good Morning Baltimore was kept in the new movie version, probably because it is the perfect way to open the show. The Song Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray is an awesome showtune and one that I think everyone has on their iPhones or iPods or at least a playlist somewhere.

Cooties from Hairspray – Check your bags for Bedbugs!

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So I recently got back from a trip to NYC, which is also home to broadway, tons of stars and also bed bugs. Unfortunately for one of my friends, they didn’t see the show Hairspray, but they did bring home something like the NYC version of Cooties, Bedbugs. Although we didn’t see Hairspray, it is just like the song Cooties from Hairspray where these little bastard bugs just seem like they are crawling everywhere and you cannot get rid of them. Not only do you have to throw things out, but it is seriously expensive to try and treat them. I feel seriously sorry for my friend, but I also cannot resist singing the Cooties song from Hairspray to him as well. Anyways, although Bedbugs aren’t actually Cooties, the song is funny and I did learn a few things that everyone should do when they are coming home from New York City so that they can try to reduce the risk of getting Bedbugs.

1. Unpack your bags outside of your house or apartment. Not only will this let you look through your clothes and suitcase to make sure you aren’t bringing bedbugs home from NYC, but you’ll also have a chance to shake everything out before it goes into your house.

2. Bring a plastic bag and load everything you shake out into it. This way if any bedbugs did crawl into your bags or suitcase while on the trip, they are now contained in the plastic bag. m

3. Immediately put everything in the dryer for at least 25 minutes on high heat. Apparently putting your clothes and everything else in the dryer on high heat will kill bed bugs.

4. Buy sprays and use them in your suitcase. You cannot be too careful and these things are hard to find or see sometimes. It never hurts to spray your suitcase down with bed bug spray. Use it in all of the pockets, in the lining and everywhere else. They can get into everything and hide in everything.

5. Search your room when you get to NYC. One of the best things to protect yourself from Bed Bugs in NYC is to check out websites like the Bed Bug report for recent infestations, but also to check out the room yourself. If you see any or think you do, request a refund and find a new hotel.

6. Store your suitcase in the bathroom. I’m not sure if this is true, but apparently bed bugs do not like or live in bathrooms. If your bathroom is big enough, store your suitcase in it and if they don’t live in there there is a chance your bags are safer.

Bedbugs are not fun at all, but unfortunately you may get them if you go to NYC. Be smart and search your hotel room before you stay there or unpack and if you see them, check into somewhere else. In the meantime, lets hope my friend is able to get rid of his bedbugs and also sing Cooties from Hairspray to him because it is kind of funny and will at least make him laugh.

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Hairspray Reviewed…Is it worth it?

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Hairspray

Happy April Fools Day Broadway Reviewed Fans!  Although I’m not going to play a joke or start a rumor like Broadway was attacked by a 40 foot Bea Arthur looking for her Bossom Buddy, since they change it from Lucy to everyone else on her, but I am going to review one of my favorite pick me up shows that is still live on Broadway and I think touring the Country and at the West End Theatre in London England, Hairspray.

Not only is Hairspray the perfect show to review for April Fools Day since it is all about jokes, gags, making fun of each other and playing tricks on everyone, but it is also full of illusions by having Drag Queens play a main character, hairspray bottles that people pop out of and that shoot confetti cannons at you and even the main Character Tracy Turnblad lives with her family above her Dad’s Joke shop in Baltimore Maryland.  This is the perfect show to review for April Fools Day.

The show starts out with Tracy waking up in the morning and going into one of the most popular Hairspray Karaoke songs, Good Morning Baltimore.  Tracy is a bigger than life, both weight and dreams, loveable teenager growing up in the racist and not fat friendly city of Baltimore in the 1950’s.  Tracy decides to take on the world (Amber and her mother the TV Station Manager) to not only end her own hunger, but end racism and destroy the hate against fat people with her high school crush Link, her best friend Penny Pingleton, her Mom Edna (made famous by the Drag Queen Divine), Miss Motormouth Maybelle and an entire cast of fun loving and funny characters.

Tracy and her best friend Penny Pingleton are obsessed with a dance show called the Corney Collins Shows which is a local channel in Baltimore Maryland.  While watching the show, the Host Corney Collins announces that they will be holding auditions to replace a pregnant dancer on the show.  He encourages everyone to cut class early and head down to the station to audition.  Tracy and Penny couldn’t resist so they cut class and went to the station to audition.

At the station Tracy gets her first “taste” of reality when everyone in the studio, but Link, makes fun of her for being fat and she watches a girl get declined because she was black.  From that point on Tracy makes it her life’s work (while she is young and not hungry) to fight racism and discrimination because you are overweight.

The show takes a million interesting turns and has some of the most high energy, fun and funny songs out of any show.  The comedy also rivals Avenue Q a bit (The first time you see it).  Hairspray is a high energy fun loving, colorful and larger than life show that I love and highly recommend.  It isn’t deep at all but it isn’t supposed to be. Hairspray gets 4 out of 5 stars from me because not only did I leave the theatre singing the songs and buying the soundtrack, I wanted to go back and see it again and again.  I also encouraged all of my friends and family to get tickets as well.  Hairspray is a great show and I highly recommend it.

A brief background of Hairspray:

Hairspray started off as a movie by John Waters (a local independent film producer from Baltimore Maryland).  He created the movie which starred celebrities like Ricki Lake and Divine.  The movie took off and was loved by thousands and probably millions of people.

Later they took the movie and made it into a stage show (The current Musical Hairspray), however they did tone it down a little bit, change the original songs and make it a little bit more modern.  Then because the show took off so well, they turned the stage show back into another Movie.  Again they toned it down to make it more family friendly, but then again, sometimes they have to to make it more likable for the non theatre crowd.  Hairspray became a phenomenon and has been featured on a ton of shows including one of my favorites, The Ace of Cakes when they designed the movie premier cake, The Macy’s Day Parade where the cast performed and a ton of other shows.  Hairspray is a must see show that you cannot miss.