Hairspray: Paul Kolnik
EW Staff
May 27, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Who’ll win a Tony for best musical?

Count out ”Amour” and ”Frog and Toad” right off the bat, although ”Frog and Toad” is a perfectly charming children’s musical. (Children’s musical. Enough said.) I’ve heard about the ”Hairspray” backlash — it’s too big, too brassy, too happy, too much of a hit. And then there’s the ”Movin’ Out” backlash — modern dance plus Billy Joel songs does not make a musical. But the bottom line is this: ”Hairspray” is a great, fun show (Winokur and Fierstein, pictured above). It’s the only traditional, old-fashioned Broadway musical in this category. And it will do amazingly well on tour, which the Tony voters — many of whom are producers and theater owners from across the country — count on. Plus, maybe they’ll let John Waters give the acceptance speech, and that would be a hoot!
Winner: ”Hairspray”

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