Hairspray JR.

Hairspray JR.
Hairspray JR. is unavailable for licensing at this time. MTI and the Authors are refurbishing the materials, please check back for updates.

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.  Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, 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.

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 newfound 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.

IMPORTANT CASTING INFORMATION

Licenses for Hairspray and Hairspray JR. will include a rider with the following language:

MTI receives many inquiries about the casting requirements for Hairspray. At its core, Hairspray is a story about acceptance and inclusion (and rejection and exclusion) during the early days of the civil rights movement. The authors' artistic vision requires that, in order to clearly and appropriately tell that story, the cast members in the show accurately reflect the characters as written. As such, this Production Contract requires that the cast members in your production of Hairspray accurately reflect the character descriptions contained in the script. Note: The use of make-up to portray Black characters in your production (e.g., blackface) is not permitted under this Production Contract. By signing below, you agree to inform the director of your production of the casting requirements and that such use of make-up is strictly prohibited.

In the past, performance licenses for Hairspray did not include this provision. However, the authors have determined that expressly stating this requirement is an important component of ensuring that licensed productions of Hairspray accurately reflect the authors' intent.

HAIRSRPAY JR. IS CURRENTLY UNDER REFURBISHMENT. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF TITLE.

Concert Selections for Hairspray

MTI is pleased to provide the pre-approved rental materials of select songs for your symphonic concert performance. Please note, MTI is unable to grant the necessary Performance Rights with this material rental. The Performance Rights needed must be obtained separately through the individual song’s respective small rights agency such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Please email concerts@mtishows.com with any questions.

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  • GOOD MORNING BALTIMORE
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    D
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by
    Marc Shaiman
    Scott Wittman
    Orchestrated by
    Harold Wheeler
  • I KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by
    Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
    Orchestrated by
    Harold Wheeler
    Instrumentation
    1 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Drums, 1 Percussion, 2 Guitars, 1 Electric Bass, (6) Violins, (4) Cello, 24 Keyboard 1-Conductor Score, 1 Keyboard 2, 1 Keyboard 3.
  • MAMMA I'M A BIG GIRL NOW
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • NICEST KIDS IN TOWN
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by
    Marc Shaiman
    Scott Wittman
    Orchestrated by
    Harold Wheeler
    Instrumentation
    Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Percussion, 2 Guitars, Keyboard 1 (PC), Keyboard 2, Keyboard 3, Violins, Cello, Electric Bass, (20) Chorus Books.
  • YOU'RE TIMELESS TO ME
    From
    HAIRSPRAY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $125
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
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September 21, 2021
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Hi, is this show still unavailable?

We are doing our very first junior musical and would love to start with hairspray junior! Need to know if it's refurbished and ready to go. 
thsnk you so much 

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February 03, 2021
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Hairspray, Jr

Is this show still under refurbishment?

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August 10, 2020
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Hairspray Jr

This was the show I had chosen for our musical. I read the perusal this summer and was good to go. Is this show not available now?

Thanks!

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December 19, 2019
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Is your information about non-diverse casting available?
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October 30, 2019
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Non-diverse cast

Good afternoon,

After reading other questions, it appears that you have information to share about performing Hairspray Jr. with a non-diverse cast.  Would you please send me information?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Janice Marro

Great Works School

South Berwick, ME

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September 20, 2019
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What is the run time for Hairspray JR?

What is the run time for Hairspray JR?

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August 13, 2019
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Could you please send me the email with suggestions on performing Hairspray Jr with a non-diverse cast?

Suggestions for producing Hairspray Jr...

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April 12, 2019
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We're considering Hairspray JR. Most of the students participating in theatre are Latino or Asian (we have very few students who are white or black that participate in the program). Are there suggestions for how to diversify the script?
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April 02, 2019
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Hairspray Jr. for Non-Diverse School?

Hi! I know this question has been asked before, and it appears you've responded directly to the individual asking, but here it is again - is there any conceivable way to do Hairspray Jr. for a non-diverse school? If so, what do you recommend? Thanks in advance.

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November 30, 2018
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Hairspray JR with Latino & Asian students

Hi there!

My school is doing Hairspray JR this year. We are a diverse urban school and most of the students participating in theatre are Latino or Asian (we have very few students who are white or black that participate in the program). Are there suggestions for how to approach casting when students are non-white but are members of other races that are not African American?

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