There are 7 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 19, 2007, titled 'Hairspray'. In it, Newsday reports that:

When a vehicle has been around the block as many times as "Hairspray," it can begin to shift its weight around, depending on who's behind the wheel.

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Livingston, NJ

#1 Jul 19, 2007
interesting review. I saw the original Broadway cast, with Harvey, twice, and loved every minute of the show. I am still looking forward to the movie, despite my fear that you're absolutely right about Travolta being miscast. I am sure the movie will be a hit.

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jul 19, 2007
We're with "songbird".....Miste r Travolta's "Saturday night fever" is but a look backward into "Hairspray"s chemistry in futuro.

A song and dance man out of step in the 21st century.

Right,"songbird"? RightIrv!
a fan

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jul 20, 2007
I just saw the movie and I have to tell you I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought Travolta was very good, especially as you got further into the movie.Nikki was fabulous! a great Tracy! I'd see it again and I recommend it to anyone. Enjoy. I did!
Its Divine

Ridge, NY

#5 Jul 21, 2007
remake remake remake.....The original was the best Travolta taking Divines Part....Faux Paus indeed!

Check the Original Cast members.

Sonny Bono
Ruth Brown
Deborah Harry
Ricki Lake
Jerry Stiller
Colleen Fitzpatrick
Michael St. Gerard
Leslie Ann Powers
Clayton Prince
Mink Stole
Ric Ocasek
Pia Zadora

Norwalk, CT

#6 Jul 22, 2007
I don't know what movie you saw, but when I saw Hairspray last night, I laughed so hard I actually had to wipe the tears from my eyes. Everytime Travolta did a scene the audience laughed. Christopher Walken walks on water. the great thing about this movie is, it is not the same as the original movie, nor the play. They tell the same story with the same slant, but with original ideas of their own. This movie deserves four stars thanks to Travolta.

North Bergen, NJ

#7 Jul 23, 2007
Don't you just love critics who feel compelled to use their high school vocabulary words in reviews so everyone can know how smart they are? Question is, who are they writing for? Us or themselves? Leonine? Pastiche? I'm an English major who has worked in the movie business for fifteen years, and even I have no idea what is meant by "subversive import." Was there no editor on this piece?

Livingston, NJ

#8 Aug 1, 2007
I saw the new movie last weekend, and last night I saw the original. the original was by far the funniest, but...there's nothing to compare with harvey fierstein. he can stop the show just by drawling "excuse me" in that wonderful gravelly voice.

travolta was OK, he brought a certain joie de vivre to the role. but since I am a Broadway groupie, i still have to say that my favorite is the live musical version.

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