But as with so many films based on the sixties, there's an interesting back story that revolves around racial issues that the film doesn't talk about.
MediaChannel.org has an article called Hairspray's Revolting History that is worth reading if you're planning to see the show. Heck, even if you aren't, it's worth reading. But if you take a look at the trailer, I suspect you're going to want to see the show yourself.
Here's the intro to the article:
The Hollywood version of Hairspray opens this week as a big screen and big star version of John Waters original film celebrating 1960’s youth culture. Yet there is a “back story” that Hollywood ignores and News Dissector Danny Schechter remembers as recounted by Polar Levine.
Here's the link to the whole article..