Full Billing


Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters


Under the terms and conditions of your organisation’s Performance Agreement, the following credits must appear on all advertising (including websites) relating to the production. Credits must be reproduced faithfully in accordance with the following layout. No alterations or deletions can be permitted unless stated below.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
The Broadway Musical
Book by
Music by
Lyrics by
Mark O'Donnell
Thomas Meehan (50%)
Marc Shaiman (50%)
Scott Wittman
Marc Shaiman (50%)
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
The following billing must appear on title pages of programs, as well as in advertisements (subject to customary exclusions) and publicity, on a single line in a size of type not less than 60% of that used for the authors of the play, for all licensed productions:
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by JOHN WATERS


The following billing must appear on title pages of programs for all licensed productions using any or all of the orchestrations created by Harold Wheeler:
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler
In the event Mr. Wheeler receives title page credit, Mr. Shaiman requests title page billing as follows:
Arrangements by Marc Shaiman
The use of make-up to portray black characters in your production (e.g., blackface) is not permitted under this Production Contract. By signing below, you agree to inform the director of your production that such use of make-up is strictly prohibited.

If your production of Hairspray features actors who are portraying characters whose race may be other than their own, you may elect to include the below letter from the creators of Hairspray in your program. You are not permitted to edit the letter in any way.
Dear Audience Members,

When we, the creators of HAIRSPRAY, first started licensing the show to high-schools and community theatres, we were asked by some about using make-up in order for non-African Americans to portray the black characters in the show.

Although we comprehend that not every community around the globe has the perfectly balanced make-up (pardon the pun) of ethnicity to cast HAIRSPRAY as written, we had to, of course, forbid any use of the coloring of anyone's face (even if done respectfully and subtly) for it is still, at the end of the day, a form of blackface, which is a chapter in the story of race in America that our show is obviously against.

Yet, we also realized, to deny an actor the chance to play a role due to the color of his or her skin would be its own form of racism, albeit a "politically correct" one.

And so, if the production of HAIRSPRAY you are about to see tonight features folks whose skin color doesn't match the characters (not unlike how Edna has been traditionally played by a man), we ask that you use the timeless theatrical concept of "suspension of disbelief" and allow yourself to witness the story and not the racial background (or gender) of the actors. Our show is, after all, about not judging books by their covers! If the direction and the actors are good (and they had better be!) you will still get the message loud and clear. And hopefully have a great time receiving it!

Thank You,

Marc, Scott, Mark, Tom & John
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.