‘Hairspray’ flashes back to ’60s

By Christine Graf
November 29, 2007

Fire alarms in Grace Hall Monday, Nov. 12 were only a minor delay to the movie “Hairspray,” which aired in celebration of Cabrini week. Dozens of students came out for rootbeer floats, popcorn and a movie flash back to the ’60s.

“It is really great that Cabrini is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college, and that clubs and organizations are supporting it, with reinforcement from student participation.” Brittany Decicco, a senior history major, said.

There was much to celebrate too with free mugs, and even a cozy lawn chair given out to everyone who attended the event. Not to mention the upbeat and comical musical “Hairspray,” which triggered much laughter within the student body.

The movie was a second take on the first one which came out in 1988. It is set in the ’60s during times when blacks and whites were not treated equal on television shows. It takes a ridiculously playful approach to equality for all.

Even if one is not interested in musicals the movie “Hairspray” would send you running but for those who are, “Hairspray” will keep you engaged. It is hard not to sing along to the popular songs, and catchy tunes that seem almost silly.

The actors and actresses– John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron–really give performances one would never expect. The actresses and actors make the movie so much more enjoyable as they get into the corny characters of the ’60s television world.

“I never attended a CAP board event before but I’m glad I came to this one. Hairspray is definitely one of my favorite musicals, and I liked the fact it came with free food and a chair,” Elissa Salantri, a junior business major, said.

It is a relief from any day, spending an evening with CAP board, laughing and tapping your feet to the songs, and extremely ridiculous jokes of “Hairspray.” Even the fire alarm going off only delayed the movie for a second, before everyone returned to finish a solid moral of the story, and to get some last laughs in.

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