TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2002, Hairspray, a stage musical adaptation of John Waters’ cult film, opens on Broadway to rave reviews. It goes on to win the lion’s share of the 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, plus Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Musical for leads Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
Augustus Waters is a self-aggrandizing bastard. But we forgive him. We forgive him not because he had a heart as figuratively good as his literal one sucked, or because he knew more about how to hold a cigarette than any nonsmoker in history, or because he got eighteen years when he should of gotten more.