TV Movie | TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A teenage girl living in Baltimore in the early 1960s dreams of appearing on a popular TV dance show.
Many of the business signs visible on the street sets are references to the previous versions of Hairspray or to people involved in the production of this version. For example: Waters Plumbing (in honor of the original 1988 movie's writer and director, John Waters); Meron's Used Cars (for coproducer Neil Meron); Greenblatt's Baltimore Crabs (for NBC's entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt); Edie's Farm Fresh Eggs and Dairy (for John Waters regular Edith "Edie" Massey, who died before filming of the original Hairspray commenced); Divine Pet Food (in memory of Divine, the Waters regular who originated the role of Edna Turnblad). Naming a pet store after Divine is a multilayered reference, since before appearing in Hairspray, Divine's most notorious film role was in Waters's Pink Flamingos, in which the performer consumed dog feces on camera; the pet food sign indeed had a decorative pink flamingo on it.
Posters for musical events advertise shows on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, April 20. The story is taking place in June of 1962, but those two show dates only work for the years 1957 and 1963. The latter poster is seen on an outdoor telephone pole -- an unlikely place to promote a show happening nine and a half months in the future, and an impossible place for anything posted in 1957 to still be there.