“You have to go big or go home,” said thesp James Marsden of his over-the-top role as Corny Collins in “Hairspray” at the pic’s Monday night premiere at Gotham’s Ziegfeld Theater. “Big” seemed to be the order of the evening at the preem’s after-party at the Roseland Ballroom, less than a block from the stage version’s home at the Neil Simon Theater.
To Marsden’s left stood a full-size reproduction of his character’s variety-show set, decked out with a vast dance floor and giant tubes of Ultra Clutch hairspray that stood at least 15 feet high.
As the R&B and Motown hits of the show’s sixties setting played at high volume, waiters offered a combination of haute cuisine and soul food to co-stars Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken and the director of the original “Hairspray” film, John Waters.
“I’m glad I’m the only dirty thing in a PG movie,” grinned Waters, whose cameo in the Adam Shankman-helmed pic lasts just long enough for him to flash a few pedestrians.