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℗ 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT / 17 tracks
John Waters’ kitschy 1988 film about a slightly overweight youngster hoping to become a featured dancer on a television show became a big, sparkling musical when film composer Marc Shaiman teamed with lyricist Scott Wittman and book writers Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. It opened in August 2002 at the Neil Simon Theatre for a run of 2,641 performances and won multiple Tonys. Set in Baltimore in the early 1960s, the musical added a few enhancements to the original story, including a series of songs that rocked with clever abandon. Marissa Jaret Winokur was Tracy Turnblad; gravel-voiced Harvey Fierstein played Tracy’s mother (the role played in the film by Divine), matched with diminutive Dick Latessa in a tender duet.