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BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful MessageBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 8, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most magical and important gifts that the musical theatre has given in recent decades. From the moment that the original musical burst onto Broadway in 2002, it has been a literal and figurative rainbow of joy and happiness, and fortunately for the show's legions of fans, directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, NBC's live adaptation has maintained every delightful ounce of the musical's giddy goodness. (more...)

The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 7, 2016

Tonight, America shall be introduced to the fourth incarnation of Hairspray. The first was the 1988 original film, the second was the 2002 Broadway musical, the third was its 2007 film adaptation, and now the 2016 live television production on NBC. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1962, where we meet a plump teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad, whose lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes an overnight sensation, she luanches a campaign to intergrate the show. As a Welcome to the 60's, let's go back to beginning to learn the history of the property itself. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Sean Hayes as 'Mr. Pinky' & More HAIRSPRAY LIVE! ImagesPhoto Flash: First Look - Sean Hayes as 'Mr. Pinky' & More HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Images
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

NBC has released new images from the highly anticipated broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, including a first look at Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky - check out the photos below! (more...)

Comcast NBCUniversal to Offer Viewing Experience for Those with Visual Disabilities During National Broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Comcast NBCUniversal to Offer Viewing Experience for Those with Visual Disabilities During National Broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Following last year's successful effort to add video description services to NBC's musical production The Wiz Live!, Comcast NBCUniversal will continue its commitment to accessible programming by offering video description with NBC's national broadcast of Hairspray Live! on December 7 at 8pm. (more...)


by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Fourteen years after appearing in the original Broadway production of Hairspray, dancer/choreographer Judine Somerville, will reprise her role as one of The Dynamites in the NBC live presentation of the musical, which will air on December 7 at 8/7c. (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: The Original HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Is Now Streaming!FIRST LISTEN: The Original HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Is Now Streaming!
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The original soundtrack recording of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! includes studio recordings of all the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast and is now available to stream on iTunes (click here) and Spotify (click here) (more...)

Scoop: LIVE WITH KELLY 11/28 - 12/2Scoop: LIVE WITH KELLY 11/28 - 12/2
by TV Scoop - Nov 23, 2016

Get all the scoop on LIVE WITH KELLY 11/28 - 12/2 (more...)

Photo Flash: Stars of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Rehearse for Thanksgiving Day ParadePhoto Flash: Stars of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Rehearse for Thanksgiving Day Parade
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

The stars of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! rehearsed for their upcoming performance in the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing Thursday, Nov. 24 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones). Check out photos below! (more...)

VIDEO: Anna Kendrick, Billy Eichner & James Corden Sing 'The Soundtrack to Growing Up'VIDEO: Anna Kendrick, Billy Eichner & James Corden Sing 'The Soundtrack to Growing Up'
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, from to birth to giving birth, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner chronicled the journey of a woman's life set to 14 songs, using 10 sets in just one continuous take. (more...)

Dove Cameron, Maddie Baillio & More Participate in Today's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Press CallDove Cameron, Maddie Baillio & More Participate in Today's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Press Call
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 21, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a special HAIRSPRAY LIVE! conference call featuring four of the 'nicest kids in town,' including Dove Cameron (Disney's 'Descendants'), Garrett Clayton (Disney's 'Teen Beach' Franchise), Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton on Broadway) and 20-year-old newcomer Maddie Baillio (more...)

Photo Coverage: New Photos from Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Photo Coverage: New Photos from Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Today, NBC has shared additional images of the cast from the set of HAIRSPRAY LIVENBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Los Angeles. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Billy Eichner Among Upcoming LIVE WITH KELLY Guest Co-HostBilly Eichner Among Upcoming LIVE WITH KELLY Guest Co-Host
by TV News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Nationally syndicated morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly” announces the line-up of guest co-hosts who will join Kelly Ripa during the week of November 28–December 2, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The cast and creative team for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! met with the press in Los Angeles, CA yesterday, including our own Richie Ridge. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Scoop: JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE 11/14 - 11/18 on ABCScoop: JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE 11/14 - 11/18 on ABC
by TV Scoop - Nov 14, 2016

Get all the scoop on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE 11/14 - 11/18, airing on ABC (more...)

Scoop: THE CHEW - 11/14 - 11/18 on ABCScoop: THE CHEW - 11/14 - 11/18 on ABC
by TV Scoop - Nov 9, 2016

Get all the scoop on THE CHEW - 11/14 - 11/18, airing on ABC (more...)

VIDEO: Billy Eichner Talks NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE & More on 'Today'VIDEO: Billy Eichner Talks NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE & More on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

On this morning's TODAY, guest Billy Eichner discussed the new season of his hit truTV series 'Billy On the Street' and the third season of 'Difficult People' on Hulu. Later, the comic discusses his appearance on NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (more...)

New on Hulu This Week! 11/9- 11/15New on Hulu This Week! 11/9- 11/15
by TV News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Hulu announces the its latest streaming offerings for the week of 11/9- 11/15. See a full schedule below: (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Set for Release Before NBC's Broadcast; Full Tracklist!HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Set for Release Before NBC's Broadcast; Full Tracklist!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

On December 2, 2016 Masterworks Broadway/Epic Records will release 'Hairspray LIVE! Original Soundtrack Of The NBC Television Event' the companion album to NBC's broadcast of 'Hairspray Live!' which will air on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Scoop: TODAY 10/11 - 11/11 on NBCScoop: TODAY 10/11 - 11/11 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Oct 31, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY 10/11 - 11/11, airing on NBC (more...)

Ben Rimalower to Return to The Duplex with PATTI ISSUES / BAD WITH MONEY Double BillBen Rimalower to Return to The Duplex with PATTI ISSUES / BAD WITH MONEY Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Ben Rimalower brings back his acclaimed long-running solo plays, PATTI ISSUES (about his obsession with Broadway diva Patti LuPone and his relationship with his troubled gay father) and BAD WITH MONEY (about how an addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life) at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at Seventh Avenue) on Saturday, November 19th and Monday, December 19th.  (more...)

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