This article surveys how contemporary Broadway musicals cast fat women and focuses on Hairspray. The use of fat suits and contractual weight clauses figure into the discussion of fat stigma and casting practices. Seemingly body-positive musicals both celebrate and undermine the identities staged in them.
Donovan, Ryan, ""Must Be Heavyset": Casting Women, Fat Stigma, and Broadway Bodies" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.
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