Baltimore Snubbed By Hairspray Producers

They’re making a movie version of Hairspray. Ah, you say, but there already is a movie version of Hairspray, and in fact, the current Broadway show is based on that earlier film by John Waters. True enough, but they’re making a new one based on the musical anyway, and that’s created a bit of a drama in the city of Baltimore, where the story takes place. The original movie was filmed there, and the city badly wanted to be the site for production of the new version as well. But due to a combination of cost issues and logistical problems, the entire movie will now be shot in Toronto, and Baltimore will have to be content with a few still photos of itself, digitally inserted into the action.