Lists: Musicals

Brief Synopsis: "Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation."

Overall Ranking: 1958 (Rank from 1988: # 20)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi80
Thomas Pollock70
Gorgon Reviews43

People Involved

  • Sonny Bono (Franklin von Tussle)
  • Ruth Brown (Motormouth Maybelle)
  • Divine (Edna Turnblad)
  • Deborah Harry (Velma Von Tussle)
  • Ricki Lake (Tracy Turnblad)
  • Jerry Stiller (Wilbur Turnblad)
  • Colleen Fitzpatrick (Amber von Tussle)
  • Michael St. Gerard (Link Larkin)
  • Clayton Prince (Seaweed)
  • Mink Stole (Tammy)
  • Shawn Thompson (Corny Collins)
  • Ric Ocasek (Beatnik Cat)
  • Pia Zadora (Beatnik Chick)
  • Joann Havrilla (Prudence Pingleton)
  • John Waters (Director)