I’m Jeff Rosenschein, and I’m the musical director of our upcoming production of “Hairspray”. My own connection to this musical started at the very beginning — I saw “Hairspray” on Broadway on Wednesday, August 14, 2002, the final day of previews (opening night was August 15th), with my three oldest children, Chana, Moshe and Yair. The excitement among the cast and audience was incredible—everyone knew this was going to be a hit. The original cast included Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Matthew Morrison, and Shoshana Bean. And the CD (which had been pre-released) came home with us, and got a lot of use over the coming months (and years).
Here’s the article, written by Jesse Green in the July 21, 2002 New York Times Sunday Magazine, that got me to buy the tickets: