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Hairspray - laughing during "Timeless to Me" 
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jarrod001 wrote:
Wasn't it some jew penis joke?


This is what it was when I saw it: Wilbur says 'Shabot Shalom!"; this is in the script. Then the following was all ad-libs:

Edna: I didn't know you were Jewish!
Wilbur: Well, ya never can tell.
Edna: Sure you can; it's easy!

Then later, when Edna says "You're rounding third base now!", she bent over so that her butt was facing Wilbur (implying anal sex).

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ziggyc wrote:
wicked_boy wrote:
Anyone know if they do it in the London production?


Yeah, I went to watch it for my Bday and they did it here too. Wondered if it was planned...


Indeed they do. Thought it was some clever improv from Brian Conoly, but obviously not. I found it hysterical though :)

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When i saw it in London July 8th:

W- SHalom SHalom

E- WHats that mean?

W- Kiss me again in jewish

( they kiss)

(his arms are around her waist)

E- I never knew you were jewish

W- Yeah, its hard to tell

E- Oh YOU can tell!

(looks him up and down. There laughing hysterically)

E- Your making me pee my pants!!! Stop Rubbing up against me! ur making me jigle

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When I saw it in the West End with Michael Ball & Nigel Planer I thought the ad lib was hilarious!
The whole thing made it my favourite bit in the entire show.
I do think sometimes it's on purpose, but I like to believe they're just friends and make each other crack up.

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Aww, they cracked up when I saw the tour of Hairspray 4 years ago in Chicago, too. I'm kinda disappointed it's planned. :) Sorta like in Spelling Bee, I guess, where an audience member spells this really hard word, and the judge says, with this totally stunned face, "That is correct." So much for getting to say, "Well, guess what happened at MY performance..." :roll:


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I guess you can say its part off the script if every one does it. It may be one off thoose things that started as an accident or break off character but is now so commonly accepted that every one does it cause its so perfect to have it there.

Id guess you can ad little things like that on purpose just to make the audience feel special and have something to remember but if every is doing it at the same place in the script it may come out as a bit... cheap.

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Post HAIRSPRAY: Laughing during "Timeless to Me"
Apples2for10 wrote:
Wilbur says 'Shabot Shalom!"; this is in the script. Then the following was all ad-libs:

Edna: I didn't know you were Jewish!
Wilbur: Well, ya never can tell.
Edna: Sure you can; it's easy!

Profetikus wrote:
I guess you can say it's part off the script if every one does it.

This exchange was also in the show when I saw a production of it recently, so I guess it must be a standard part of the show. I didn't notice any apparent loss of character or corpsing during this section either: the interaction between the characters throughout the song was completely focused, even when laughter was a reaction.

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