A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show
Date/Time: Dec 10 2018, 9:00 pm to 10:30 pmVancouver, The Rio Theatre | Event calendar
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"I'm a bad, bad girl who needs to be punished."
In honour of Ricki Lake's appearance at The Rio Theatre to promote her excellent new documentary Weed The People - The Movie (December 10), we felt like we absolutely had to screen one of the best loved (if not best known) films from one of our most frequently requested directors, John Waters' iconic HAIRSPRAY. Ricki is going to be at the Rio (yes... really!) to introduce the film, and answer a few questions, too...
In 1988, Lake made waves as the film's heroine, the sassy, "zaftig" Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad, who wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation. Also starring Divine, Jerry Stiller, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Michael St. Gerard, Mink Stole.
"John Waters' appreciation for the tacky side of life is in full flower in Hairspray, a slight but often highly amusing diversion about integration, big girls' fashions and music-mad teens in 1962 Baltimore." (Variety)
"A gently subversive slice of retro hilarity." (Rotten Tomatoes)