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This edition: Production: "Hairspray" (Fall 2002)

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Episode Details

Original tape date: December 9, 2002.

The creative team behind the Broadway musical "Hairspray", producers Richard Frankel and Margo Lion, co-book writer Thomas Meehan, choreographer Jerry Mitchell, director Jack O'Brien, co-book writer Mark O'Donnell, composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman outline the journey the piece took from being a John Waters and Divine cult movie to hitting the Broadway stage; offer a peek at the process that created this smash hit and discuss the social messages that the show sends, both in its content and it's non-traditional casting.

Guest List

Theodore Chapin Moderator

Richard Frankel Producer

Margo Lion Producer

Thomas Meehan Writer

Jerry Mitchell Choreographer

Jack O'Brien Director

Mark O'Donnell Writer

Marc Shaiman Composer

Isabelle Stevenson Host, American Theater Wing

Scott Wittman Lyricist