(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs

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(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs is a song from the musical Hairspray. It is sung by Velma Von Tusselle, the head of the station that plays The Corny Collins Show.

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Synopsis[edit]

Velma Von Tusselle recounts how she won a beauty pageant when she was younger, and later interrogates Tracy Turnblad, eventually kicking her out of the Corny Collins Show audition.

Analysis[edit]

DVDTalk wrote "Other songs help flesh out characters that have been changed from the film. "The Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs" gives Velma Von Tussle additional motivation, history, and a reason to be bad while still advancing the plot. Since her character is something of a composite from the film (she combines the characters played by Debbie Harry, Mink Stole, and Sonny Bono), she becomes much richer and funnier."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing a stage production, Curtain Up wrote "Van Cleave is a powerhouse recounting “The Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs”".[2] Reviewing the film, BBC wrote "Michelle Pfeiffer is deliciously icy as scheming TV mogul Velma Von Tusselle, cha-cha-cha-ing in (“The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs”.".[3] Reviewing a stage version, Drew Sterwald of The News-Press commented "Tracy's nemesis...really sinks her teeth into the rotten role and delivers a show-stopping solo, "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs”".[4] IBJ noted that one performer "turns what the one-note evil TV producer Velma von Tussle and her “(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs” number into a show highlight."[5] Reviewing a 90 minute intermissionless version performed in Las Vegas, TheaterMania wrote "The only other two numbers to be cut completely, "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" and "Cooties," aren't missed at all; the first is the closest thing to a clinker in the show, an uninspired attempt to musicalize the comic villainess Velma Von Tussle".[6] CinePhillyist described it as "Michelle Pfeiffer's funny and more than a little dirty [number]".[7] Similarly, EY Jacksonville called it "one of the funniest numbers in the show".[8] IndyWeek commented "This show that features a number titled "The Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs" had earned a standing ovation from a room ranging from children to the elderly. That's an achievement that Waters himself would approve."[9] Reviewing Pfeiffer's performance in the 2007 film, Phawker wrote "Her fab rendition...commands your attention.[10] Keeping Up With NX said "we even get so see Velma in all her crowning glory with the hilarious ‘(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs.’".[11]

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