Tracy Turnblad is a big girl and her wildest ambition is to be one of the „Nicest Kids in Town“, a group of trendy teenagers that appear in a daily TV show (The Corny Collins Show), where the newest hits are played and everyone knows the coolest dance movements. One of those TV idols gets most of Tracy's attention: junior heartthrob Link Larkin, who is dating the most beautiful girl of the lot, of course.
Tracy's dad owns a joke shop and her mum Edna runs a laundry. The heroine herself spends most of her time at high school in detention because to keep up with latest fashion she teases her hair as high as she possibly can with masses of, you guessed it, hairspray.
Tracy and her timid friend Penny meet Seaweed J Stubbs and befriend him, for he knows some great new moves and is good fun to be with. There is only one drawback: he is coloured and this was a major issue back then (she says, as if today was so different). With his help however she manages to get onto the Corny Collins Show, for its host is all for progress. But when Tracy realizes that her new friends cannot dance with her on the show, she is outraged. Seeing that she believes “integration is the new frontier”, she plans a protest in front of and inside the TV studio. This ends up in prison, as the racist producer of the show calls the police and has them all arrested.
When all hope seems lost, Link Larkin decides he indeed does love Tracy, who he admires for her courage, personality and talent. He frees Tracy from her cell and together with their friends they plan to crash the Miss Hairspray Contest, which is broadcast nationwide. This leads to the show's amazing finale.
To find out whether Tracy succeeds and how her grumpy housewife mother turns into a stunning Diva, just grab some Hairspray tickets and see for yourself!