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But with the Adam Shankman-directed film — starring Zac Efron, John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky and others — being the reprise of most recent memory, it's hard not to compare the movie musical version to NBC's live-action special. So we did.
Check out the differences we noticed between the 2007 movie musical and Hairspray Live! below.
Noreen and Doreen Are Missing
Perhaps one of the smaller details that only mega Hairspray movie fans will notice (Noreen and Doreen weren't in »
- Taylor Weatherby, Billboard
As you watch NBC's Hairspray Live! tonight, you may wonder, what happened to Nikki Blonsky? One minute the 28-year-old actress was playing Tracy Turnblad and dancing with Zac Efron and John Travolta in the 2007 musical film Hairspray, which marked her first onscreen acting role. Then you may have watched her as one of the leading stars of the short-lived ABC Family series Huge. In 2011, E! News learned Blonsky worked for a brief period at a shoe store in New York City and was later hired as a cosmetologist at a hair salon in her hometown of Great Neck on Long Island, New York. And now Blonsky is back on a movie set. Over the past few years, she »
With a week to go until NBC’s highly-anticipated Hairspray Live!, new details are emerging about the star-studded musical — including what roles Hairspray alums Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur will have in the production.
The ladies — who originated the role of Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 John Waters film and in the 2002 Broadway show, respectively — first revealed to People earlier this month that they’ll cameo in NBC’s live musical.
Though what exactly they’d being doing in the show was kept hush hush at the time, Harvey Fierstein — who plays Tracy’s mom Edna Turnblad — finally spilled the »
- Dave Quinn
Ricki Lake didn’t grow up thinking she would ever play an ingenue.
“I remember telling my mom I wanted to be in Annie, and she told me, ‘You’re not the starving orphan type,’ ” the actress says in the current issue of People.
The part made Lake, 48, a star, but she had no idea her Tracy would inspire the young Marissa Jaret Winokur, who would go on to win a Tony for playing the character in the 2002 Broadway musical based on the film. »
- Patrick Gomez
How has it already been 10 years since we were introduced to heartthrob Zac Efron?
Efron shot onto the Hollywood scene with his breakthrough performance in the global phenomenon High School Musical in 2006 and his career has been skyrocketing ever since. With his diverse career in film, he has proven himself to be a major triple threat with his incredible singing, dancing and acting.
Not to mention, it seems like the general consensus is that he’s pretty easy to look at as well.
- Garrett McCormick
Newcomer Maddie Baillio will soon be singing “Good Morning Baltimore.”
The Today show on Tuesday announced that the up-and-coming singer/actress has been cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, following an open casting call in April.
Watch Baillio’s reaction to the good news:
Baillio joins an all-star ensemble including Harvey Fierstein (reprising his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad), Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad) and Derek Hough (as Corny Collins). Grease: Live‘s Alex Rudzinski is set to direct, while Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) are on board as executive producers. »
Though Melissa McCarthy's star went supernova just five years ago in a role so popular that she won both an Oscar nomination and an Emmy statue (Bridesmaids... oh please, you know the Emmy wasn't actually for Mike and Molly!) she's wasted approximately zero days since in cementing her unlikely place as a box office titan with star vehicles emerging annually since. Right now that means her new capitalist diva comedy The Boss and if it isn't Spy (2015) or The Heat (2013) level funny (sorry... but few things are) it's not bad. It sure as hell runs rings around Identity Thief (2013) and Tammy (2014) so it's firmly middle of the pack, if you ask me. (It's weird that the reviews so far are the worst of any of her solo vehicles.)
We call her place as a truly bankable actress 'unlikely' because it's just that. Guess how long it's been since audiences »
- NATHANIEL R
NBC’s latest live musical “Hairspray Live” will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the network announced today.
Much of the original stage production’s creative team will return for NBC’s live televised special.
Along with previously announced exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, who most recently directed “The Wiz Live” for the network, has been tapped to direct. Original “Hairspray” choreographer Jerry Mitchell is on board to choreograph, and Harvey Fierstein, who played the role of Edna in the stage musical, will write the script adaptation. Original “Hairspray” songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are also back for NBC’s next TV musical.
“Hairspray Live” marks the fourth television musical event for NBC, coming after this past December’s “The Wiz Live,” which followed the net’s first special “Sound of Music Live” in 2013 and then “Peter Pan Live” in 2014. Fox recently got into the game with “Grease Live” this January. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
NBC has set its sights on “Hairspray” as its live musical production for 2016. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt broke the news Wednesday morning at his Television Critics Association press tour presentation in Pasadena, Calif.
“Hairspray” will again by exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who also produced the 2007 movie musical rendition of the 1988 John Waters pic about integration of black and white hoofers on a Baltimore TV dance show in 1962. Zadan and Meron have shepherded NBC’s past three live musicals, scoring last month with the staging of “The Wiz Live.”
NBC has been sorting out the rights issues to the musical and 2007 movie with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, which released the tuner starring Zac Efron, John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Greenblatt didn’t have many more details to share about the project. He expects producers to hold open auditions to search »
- Cynthia Littleton
9 items from 2016
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