This movie debuted in 2007 and just could not be stopped. Rather than a holiday release "Hairspray" released during the summer.
"Hairspray" saw the firsts of many actors, such as John Travolta in drag, as Edna Turnblad, Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, newcomer at the time Zac Efron, and Amanda Bynes.
The musical is set in the 1960s and about Tracy Turnblad who wants to be on the "Corny Collins Show," and the struggle of integration in Baltimore. The show includes a wide range of characters who develop the show into the 2007 film. One of those characters is Edna Turnblad, Tracy's mother, who in both the film and Broadway versions was portrayed by a male.
The musical ran from 2002 to 2009, with a $265 million gross, and winner of eight Tony Awards.
Some of the songs which brought the beat to the film include: "Good Morning Baltimore," "You Can't Stop The Beat," "I Can Hear the Bells," and "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful."
As far as gross in the musical category, "Hairspray" is currently in the number six spot, behind "Enchanted." In 2007, the film was in the number 24 spot, domestically.