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John Waters' 'Hairspray' keeps its hold on us

John Waters' 'Hairspray' keeps its hold on us

"Hairspray" is the product that just keeps giving.

In 1988, John Waters added indelibly to his in-a-class-by-itself filmography with this tale of youth, love, race relations, and irrepressible dancing in early-1960s Baltimore. Fourteen years later, that movie became the basis for a Broadway musical, which, in turn, was adapted into a Hollywood musical in 2007.

Now comes another version, "Hairspray: In Concert," which will be presented this week by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

"It never dies," Waters said of his creation. "You can't stick a stake in it."

Giving the concert version added splash is the presence...