Choral & Classroom

Broadway Junior - Hairspray JUNIOR

Hairspray Jr. is not available for licensing at this time. MTI and the authors are refurbishing the materials, please check back for updates.


Book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan

Music by Marc Shaiman

Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

Overview / Synopsis

One Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Broadway Junior Version

You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance. (60-MINUTE VERSION FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS)

The 1950s are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY JR. the family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs is adapted from the Original Broadway Version which won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

It's 1962, and spunky plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her new-found power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.

HAIRSPRAY JR. is filled with a host of parts for a wide cross-section of students and an abundance of energetic production numbers. HAIRSPRAY JR. is a show that will celebrate your students' diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor. - See more HERE.

Early on a Monday morning in early June, 1962, Tracy Turnblad wakes up to face another day, full of hope and big dreams (Good Morning Baltimore). After school, Tracy and her best friend Penny Pingleton race home to watch "The Corny Collins Show," a local teenage music and dance show on TV (The Nicest Kids in Town). On the show, teen idol Link Larkin pledges his love to Amber Von Tussle by giving her his Council Member ring, and Corny Collins announces auditions for new Council Members. Seeing her chance at stardom, Tracy plans to cut school and audition for the show, but her mother Edna Turnblad does not approve. Elsewhere, Penny and Amber also argue with their mothers (Mama I'm a Big Girl Now).

Tracy goes to the audition, but is ridiculed by the girls on the show and sent away by Amber's mother and show producer, Velma Von Tussle. Sitting in detention, a frustrated Tracy learns some new dance moves from Seaweed J Stubbs, a black student whose mother is Motormouth Maybelle - the DJ who hosts the monthly Negro Day on "The Corny Collins Show." The next evening there is a school dance and there, Tracy is able to impress Corny with the new moves she picked up in detention, earning her a spot on "The Corny Collins Show." During her debut, Link Larkin sings a song just for Tracy (It Takes Two). Now a local star, Tracy gets an offer to be the spokes-girl for Mr. Pinky's The Hefty Hideaway, a clothing store, gets her mother out of the house for the first time in years as the duo heads to the store to update their wardrobes (Welcome to the Sixties).

At school, Tracy continues to be teased by Amber and becomes the target in a dodgeball game. After the game, Link, Penny, and Seaweed stay behind to help Tracy, and there Seaweed invites them to join him at his mother's record shop (Run and Tell That). The Von Tussles barge in and spoil the party with their bigotry, however, this gives Tracy the idea to integrate "The Corny Collins Show" by having Motormouth and her daughter, Little Inez, crash Mother/Daughter Day on the show. Fears of police and jail don't stop Tracy from moving forward with the plan.

Unfortunately, the plan for integration lands all of the mothers and daughters in jail (The Big Dollhouse). Everyone gets out, except Tracy who is denied bail (Baltimore - Reprise). Link comes to the rescue and professes his love for Tracy, while elsewhere Seaweed and Penny reveal their feelings for each other too (Without Love). The kids hatch a plan to get Tracy on the nationwide Miss Teenage Hairspray broadcast, and bring the news to Motormouth, who expresses that she will never stop fighting for equality (I Know Where I've Been).

Corny Collins begins his nationwide broadcast ((It's) Hairspray) and introduces Amber for her dance (Cooties). Just before Amber is crowned Miss Teenage Hairspray, Tracy and her friends storm in and take over the show (You Can't Stop the Beat - Part 1). Corny declares Tracy as the new Miss Teenage Hairspray 1962, and Tracy declares that "The Corny Collins Show" is officially integrated. Edna makes a grand entrance, and even the Von Tussles can't resist the celebration (You Can't Stop the Beat - Part 2).

Audio Sampler - HL00123343 $10.00

ShowKit - HL09971731 $695.00

This ShowKit includes:

  • 30 Actor's Books
  • Choreography DVD
  • Director's Guide
  • 30 Family Matters Booklets
  • Media Disk
  • 2 Performance/Accompaniment CDs
Individual Components

09971732 - Director's Guide $100.00

09971733 - Piano/Vocal Score $40.00

09971734 - Actor's Script $10.00

00123341 - Actor's Script 10-Pak $75.00

09971735 - Rehearsal/Accompaniment CD $75.00

09971737 - Student Rehearsal CD $10.00

00123342 - Student Rehearsal CD 20-Pak $100.00

09971736 - Choreography DVD $50.00

09971738 - Media Disc $10.00

00123343 - Audio Sampler $10.00

Hairspray Jr. is not available for licensing at this time. MTI and the authors are refurbishing the materials, please check back for updates.

Good Morning Baltimore
The Nicest Kids In Town
Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now
The Nicest Kids (Reprise)
It Takes Two
Welcome To The Sixties
Run and Tell That
The Big Dollhouse
Baltimore (Reprise)
Without Love
I Know Where I've Been
(It's) Hairspray
You Can't Stop The Beat (Part 1)
You Can't Stop The Beat (Part 2)

Hairspray Jr. is not available for licensing at this time. MTI and the authors are refurbishing the materials, please check back for updates.


A prom queen nightmare! She is definitely "The Corny Collins Show" favorite, but she is competitive and has a bad attitude.
Range: C4-E5


The host of "The Corny Collins Show," and a Baltimore celebrity. Foremost, Corny is a charmer.
Range: C3-G4


The famed teenage performers on "The Corney Collins Show."


Tracy's loving mother who doesn't spend much time outside the house. She works days and nights as a laundress in her home, and her lack of social interaction has made her a bundle of nerves.
Range: Bb3-Eb5


Baltimore's biggest heartthrob, and Tracy's dream guy. Link is considered the best performer in town. Think of any teenage idol who is able to reduce girls to tears - there's your guy!
Range: G2-A4


Seaweed's little sister and a great breakout role for a black actress.
Range: Bb3-E5


MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE is the face of the Civil Rights Movement and sings the beautiful anthem, "I Know Where I've Been."
Range: F3-F5


Owner of a ladies' clothing shop and is a salesperson inside and out - he is always the first to give a compliment.
Range: C3-C4


Tracy's fun and sheltered sidekick. She is a young lady caught between her mother's very strict rules and her own wants and desires to be just another teenage girl.
Range: C4-E5


Penny's eccentric but loving mother, who wants the best for her daughter but is extreme in her means.


The object of Penny's affections, and together, they are determined to defy the segregation laws of the 1960s.
Range: Gb2-Bb3


A dynamic musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960s. Think the Supremes.
Range: E4-A5


A young lady with big hair and an even bigger personality! She is the hero of our story and she is sweet but also strong in her convictions. She is bigger in size than the other girls, but she isn't shy about it - she can still dance with the best of them!
Range: G3-C#5


A carbon copy of Amber - just twenty years older and meaner! She is most concerned with making sure her daughter wins Miss Teenage Baltimore.
Range: C4-E5


Edna's loving husband and Tracy's supportive father who just wants the best for his girls.

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