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13. Hairspray

Gross: $252.2 million
Average Paid Admission: $80.58
Broadway Run: 2002 - 2009
Total # of Performances: 2,642

Set in Baltimore in 1962, "Hairspray" tells the story of a plump teen, whose only desire is to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. The musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name.

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