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Dec 8th
08:45 pm
Nikki comments on Hairspray 2  

Not surprising there is still nothing confirmed for Zac. But interesting that it sounds like Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are already at work. I love them so that is exciting :D

ETA: I don't think I ever posted these, but I've been meaning to and since they are Hairspray related, I thought I'd add them on here. These quotes are from recent interviews with John Waters who has been doing press for his one-man show in Australia.

From The Star Observer:

So did Waters meet teen heart-throb Efron on the set of the musical remake of Hairspray?

“I certainly did and he was lovely. I don’t think he’s a twink — I’m from a generation and I like the word ‘chicken’ better,” Waters said.

“He heard me say this joke that what they should do if they want to catch child molesters is just sit him on a park bench and then see who comes out of the woodwork and then move him to the next city.

“I always tell him he should play a junkie and win the Oscar. So should Dolly Parton — get out of drag, play a junkie and you’ll win the Oscar.”

From The Herald Sun:

Zac Efron was in Hairspray. What is he like?

He's great. He has a good sense of humour. I kept telling him he should play a junkie and he'd win an Oscar.
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It's Audrey not Aubrey: LAaudrey_za on December 9th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Playing a junkie seems like serious business. Depending of the actor's choice of method, it'd be scary territory to 'become' the character (even without aide of drugs per se, but just tapping into that kind of psyche). I can't get through parts of Trainspotting because I'm like D: It's admirable when successfully filmed, but no doubt a part of acting I don't envy.
Beejeezbee on December 9th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Everyone know where I stand but I have a more "technical" question to this: How can you even write songs when there is no script?

Songs in musicals are supposed to advance the plot and for that to be possible, wouldn't you have to know where the song plays in the movie and what it exactly has to accomplish? Pace of a song, lyrics, mood, etc have to fit into the script exactly.

The last we know from Adam is that the script isn't written (they don't even have a writer yet); they have a "bunch of idea" coming out of John Waters treatment. And Adam confirmed just less than 2 weeks ago that there isn't anything new happening (the question to that answer has been deleted but the user posted the same question 1 minute later again; I was online at the time of his Q&A and I've seen that this was the question his tweet was in response to).

Can you really write songs when you don't know the details and circumstances they are going to get sung? Even if they have ideas about individual story arcs, nobody could know if they actually remain that way in the script; you can't just paste together different plot points to make a script. It has to flow through all three acts etc. Sure, you can play around with music/song ideas based on the plot ideas but can you really write the songs???? That doesn't sound very logical to me. Also, in other musicals afaik the script (or at least a draft I guess) is always there first. I'm sure there is interaction and dialogue between the script and song writers during the entire process but the problem is, there is no script writer so far.

Tbf, this sounds similar to me as statements made by cast members saying, "they are writing the script right now," which we know is only half-true. They wrote the treatment but the actual writing of the screenplay hasn't even started yet. Of course, to the general public an actor would say that it's being written since someone (Waters) wrote something but that doesn't automatically mean that the script is anywhere near the point where next steps would be taken. And in the same vein, Shaiman & Wittman might have started looking into the songs, as in dabbling around with a few melodies and brainstorming ideas and writing down the one or other thing but I'm not sure it automatically means they are actually writing full songs. Imo, it seems illogical to write full songs without a script. But I'm no pro in writing musicals, so perhaps someone here has a better idea in how the process of that works.

Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 9th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
perhaps a few songs are being written based on the plot-outline to attract writers or give him/her the inspiration, tone, and comedic voice to adapt a script.

I'd imagine the screenwriter/adapter and music writers would work hand in hand to create a cohesive result.

Marc and Scott presented Margo Lion Good Morning Baltimore, Welcome to the Sixties and I Know Where I've Been the day after she pitched them the musical idea. Granted they had the entire 'script' to work from... BUT the Hairspray musical book and the movie script ended up being quite different, yet the songs didnt change much from their original conception, save a few lyric changes.

So its possible to write music and change lyrics to fit the script, and change the script to fit the music.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 9th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure in the outline, songs have been designated.

I think Marc and Scott could start writing... but have they been officialy hired? Can they work on it prior to being greenlit? im not sure....

During a writers strikes, the pen can't hit the paper until the strike is over...

I'd assume there's union business, legalities, contracts etc.. that would need to be ironed out before they could begin.

That is unless NL/WB HAS greenlit the project..
jessica3311: Bluejessica3311 on December 10th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Matty thanks for your info :) I think Marc & Scott are attached to the sequel...and have been mentioned since the announcement that they were doing HS2....I think Marc even did an interview a while back on it.