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While there’s nothing offensive about the wholesomeness of this new version of John Waters' 1988 cult classic, you wish that it didn’t feel as if every hair were in place.
"...If ever there were a happy summer movie, it’s Hairspray. But for all its bubbly musical numbers and effervescent..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Review: Broadway in Austin’s Hairspray
This may be the big hair state, but does this musical go too big?
"...the aerosol stream from a can of Aqua Net hairspray – was actually a thing those crazy kids in..."

June 14, 2023 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Hairspray: 'The Beat' goes on
Austin gets its first blast of Hairspray via a new national tour, and director Matt Lenz explains what makes this musical such a crowd-pleaser
"...Matt Lenz knows Hairspray. He ought to, considering that he's served as associate..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The musical delights again, thanks to Zilker Theatre Productions' stellar cast and quality staging
"...or McNally as one might expect, but instead with Hairspray, the teased-up, campy, multiple Tony Award-winning musical that tackles..."

July 17, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell


Sept. 26, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Prom Night
A remake of the Eighties horror film in name only, Prom Night is a nearly bloodless slasher film with few surprises.
"...Voorhees (via Wes Craven and Rob Zombie, among others). Hairspray's Snow plays high school senior Donna, whose entire family..."

April 18, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Rock Star
"...forgive me -- Welcome to the Jungle. Clothing optional, hairspray required...."

Sept. 7, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
"...Hairspray, Zach Theatre..."

May 25, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Production, Musical Hairspray, Zilker Theatre Productions She Loves Me, Mary Moody Northen..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Zach's irrepressibly buoyant staging may leave you dancing on air

July 22, 2011 Arts Review by Robert Faires

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
Giving a lot of sweet bouquets (and taking their sweet time doing it)
"...Mr. Hyde, Hyde Park Theatre's The Aliens, Zach Theatre's Hairspray, and Sharon Marroquin's dance work The Materiality of Impermanence..."

June 8, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Cry-Baby': Rockabilly heartthrob needed for Broadway run
A new stage musical adapted from John Waters' 1990 film Cry-Baby needs a hunky musician for the title role and thinks he might be in Austin
"...+ Company, the big-deal New York casting agency (Rent, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked, Tarzan, among others). See, a..."

March 16, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Elaborate Life
His love of theatre has led 'Aida' director Matt Lenz on an amazing journey
"...– asked me to be his associate director on Hairspray. So you know, I couldn't turn that down."..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

New Drive-In Cinemas Lighting Up Austin
The movies you want to see with the social distancing you demand
"...dusk on Thursday, Aug. 27 with a screening of Hairspray: The Musical. Founder Josh Frank has tried to put..."

Aug. 28, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Filthy and Respectable!
Legendary transgressive film director and author John Waters comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest
"...AC: That seems odd, since all your films since Hairspray at least have been box office successes...."

Nov. 7, 2014 Arts Feature by Tim Stegall

I Am Divine
Harris Glenn Milstead, the actor better known as the 300-pound sex symbol named Divine who appeared in those early John Waters' movies, is remembered in this doc.
"...with such unmodulated ferocity.) In later films such as Hairspray and Trouble in Mind, the shocking Divine persona gave..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

After a Fashion
Your Style Avatar's connection to Fanny – who knew?
"...and performances by Stuart Moulton, the cast of Zach's Hairspray, the cast of City Theatre's Hair, and many other..."

July 29, 2011 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

After a Fashion
Your Style Avatar keeps confusing the Volstead with the Mann Act
"...theme accompanied by previews of Zach's upcoming presentation of Hairspray. Red, Hot & Soul promises to be one of..."

April 8, 2011 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

From Paris With Love
Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays an American diplomat in Paris who is paired with a wise-cracking, trigger-happy CIA maverick (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist attack.
"...again shows his daring as a shape-shifting physical commodity (Hairspray and Battlefield Earth are other prime examples) and his..."

Feb. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wish List
Give 'Til It Helps, Part 2
"...Hair gel, hairspray, deodorant..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Features Feature

Romance, dry satire, and musical comedy blend in this new Disney film, which stars a delightful Amy Adams.
"...confused Robert and a ridiculously elaborate dance sequence. Marsden (Hairspray) does an excellent job as the dim prince, Dempsey..."

Nov. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

John Tucker Must Die
Teen female-revenge comedy doesn't live up to the edginess promised by its title.
"...Tussel in the movie version of the Broadway musical Hairspray.) Director Thomas seems an odd choice to helm this..."

Aug. 4, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Beauty Academy of Kabul
This documentary shows how real power flows not from the barrel of a gun but rather a can of hairspray.
"...lifetime. The only difference here is that cans of hairspray have been substituted for fishing rods. (See for..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

After a Fashion
Stephen gears up for the celebrity onslaught by skewering more ... celebrities!
"...desperately afraid I'll come off as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and ruin my chances of becoming a movie goddess...."

March 11, 2005 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

A Dirty Shame
John Waters, America's king of trash, is back with this tale of sex addiction, fetishes, and mad, bad, lascivious squirrel sexin’.
"...somewhat more respectable entertainment (i.e., the film Pecker, and Hairspray on Broadway) never happened, and fans of the perverse..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Too Much Caffeine Woman
Watching Jean Caffeine's eyes light up.
"...rootsy cassette-only release Hard Work and a Lot of Hairspray. Produced by Gurf Morlix, Hard Work marked Caffeine's growth..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Qmmunity: A Book of One’s Own
Queer book releases from this June, perfect for building a tiny Borrower house
"...Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby, Hairspray, and more. Thu., June 29, 7:30pm. The Cavalier, 2400..."

June 30, 2023 Column by James Scott

FronteraFest Review: How to Be an Ethical Slut
How to have a good time in three parts
"...results” confessional “STDs” – a hilarious parody rewrite of Hairspray’s “You Can’t Stop the Beat” – to the magnificent..."

Feb. 7, 2023 Arts Post by Jasmine Lane

The Luv Doc: A Thin Mustache
True iconoclasty in America is in woefully short supply
"...... magnificent. At the very least the script for Hairspray...."

Aug. 26, 2022 Column by The Luv Doc

Fantastic Fest Raises a Smile With First Announcement
The Banshees of Inisherin, V/H/S/99, sharks, and more
"...UK, 2022, North American Premiere, 100 min. Tensions and hairspray run high when a stylist is murdered at an..."

Aug. 16, 2022 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

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