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Photo Flash: NBC Announces Winner of HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Dance-Off; Maddie Baillio Performs National AnthemPhoto Flash: NBC Announces Winner of HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Dance-Off; Maddie Baillio Performs National Anthem
by TV News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

On September 15th, NBC held a dance contest at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore to find one lucky dancer who will be part of the network's live telecast of HAIRPRAY LIVE! on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Jill Soloway And Freeform To Receive Outfest Legacy AwardsJill Soloway And Freeform To Receive Outfest Legacy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced today that it will honor Golden Globe and two-time Emmy Award-winning writer-director Jill Soloway ("Transparent," Afternoon Delight) and Freeform, the Disney|ABC Television Group network, at the 2016 Legacy Awards on Sunday, October 23rd. (more...)

NBC Greenlights Second Season of BETTER LATE THAN NEVERNBC Greenlights Second Season of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
by TV News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The boys are back! Summer's #1 new broadcast series, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER is returning for a second season. (more...)

Billy Eichner Joins Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Original Dynamites to Return!Billy Eichner Joins Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Original Dynamites to Return!
by TV News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

BWW has just learned that funny man Billy Eichner has joined the cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! as Rob Barker, the Baltimore TV newscaster who reports on Tracy Turnblad and her escape from prison in an attempt to integrate the “Corny Collins Show.” (more...)

John Stamos Teams with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron on Drama Chronicling World of 1980's SoapsJohn Stamos Teams with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron on Drama Chronicling World of 1980's Soaps
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

John Stamos and THE WIZ LIVE! producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are in the early stages of development for a new cable drama series, chronicling the excessive world of daytime soap operas (more...)

PHOTO: Newest Tracy Turnblad Maddie Baillio Meets HAIRSPRAY Creator John WatersPHOTO: Newest Tracy Turnblad Maddie Baillio Meets HAIRSPRAY Creator John Waters
by TV News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Last night, Maddie Baillio, who will take on the iconic role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE, met up with 'Hairspray' creator John Waters at a restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. (more...)

BWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAYBWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAY
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 13, 2016

As we saw throughout the two nights of the Creative Arts Emmys, theatrical programming and theatre performers have done very well taking home trophies so far this year. So, we wanted to take a look back at three of the biggest theatrical properties to come to television in the past year, as they prepare for the biggest awards to be announced on Sunday.  (more...)

THE WIZ LIVE!'s Paul Tazewell Wins Creative Emmy Award for Best CostumesTHE WIZ LIVE!'s Paul Tazewell Wins Creative Emmy Award for Best Costumes
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 11, 2016

NBC's holiday production of THE WIZ LIVE this year garnered six EMMY AWARD nominations. At tonight's Creative Emmy Awards ceremony, Paul Tazewell picked up the award for Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program. (more...)

Photo: First Look - Derek Hough as HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Corny Collins!Photo: First Look - Derek Hough as HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Corny Collins!
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Derek Hough will take on the role of Corny Collins, the host of The Corny Collins Show in NBC's upcoming holiday broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE. Today, NBC released a first look at the Dancing With the Stars pro in costume! (more...)

Baltimore Dance Audition Announced for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Maddie Baillio to JudgeBaltimore Dance Audition Announced for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Maddie Baillio to Judge
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

One lucky dancer will have a chance to take part in NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE. WBAL-TV 11 in Baltimore has announced an audition taking place at the city's Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore on September 15th. (more...)

This Just In! Direct from Broadway, HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Casts Seaweed and Little Inez; Plus New Video PromoThis Just In! Direct from Broadway, HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Casts Seaweed and Little Inez; Plus New Video Promo
by TV News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

This just in! Essence.com has just broken the news that HAIRSPRAY LIVE! has completed its all-star dream cast with not one, but two final cast members - direct from Broadway! (more...)

Christopher Jackson, HAIRSPRAY & More - BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TV!Christopher Jackson, HAIRSPRAY & More - BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TV!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 23, 2016

Broadway stars and a host of musical presentations are on tap for the upcoming 2016-17 primetime television season. Included in THE LINEUP will be new series starring HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson, FROZEN's Kristen Bell and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY star Stephen Pasquale. (more...)

VIDEO: Henry Winkler Talks New Comedy BETTER LATE THAN NEVERVIDEO: Henry Winkler Talks New Comedy BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Henry Winkler stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about his new NBC comedy BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, premiering Tuesday, August 23rd at 10 pm/ET. Watch the appearance below! (more...)

VIDEO: NBC Unveils First Promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Featuring All-Star Cast in Costume!VIDEO: NBC Unveils First Promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Featuring All-Star Cast in Costume!
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

NBC today unveiled the highly anticipated HAIRSPRAY LIVE! first-look promo — featuring the all-star cast in costume for the first time! (more...)

Welcome to the '60's! First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Edna & Tracy in CostumeWelcome to the '60's! First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Edna & Tracy in Costume
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

PEOPLE has shared an exclusive first look at Harvey Fierstein and newcomer Maddie Baillio in costume in their iconic roles as Edna and Tracy Turnblad in NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE!. (more...)

NBC to Premiere Comedy Event Series BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, 8/23NBC to Premiere Comedy Event Series BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, 8/23
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The adventure of a lifetime for five celebrated men from across different genres kicks off in Tokyo on Tuesday, August 23 (10-11 p.m. ET) with the premiere of NBC's addicting new series BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. (more...)

PHOTO: Ariana Grande Teases New Look as HAIRSPRAY LIVE's 'Penny Pingleton'PHOTO: Ariana Grande Teases New Look as HAIRSPRAY LIVE's 'Penny Pingleton'
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Music superstar and stage and television actress Ariana Grande turned to Snapchat last night to tease a preview of her new look as Penny Pingleton, Tracy Turnblad's incorrible best friend in NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE. (more...)

NBC Reveals Starry New Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!NBC Reveals Starry New Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

NBC has revealed new poster art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! featuring the names of the all-star cast members and the tagline 'We all dance to the same beat!'  (more...)

Harvey Fierstein Reveals Which Show-Stopping HAIRSPRAY Number Was Almost Cut from ShowHarvey Fierstein Reveals Which Show-Stopping HAIRSPRAY Number Was Almost Cut from Show
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

In a new interview in The Hollywood Reporter, HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson spoke to reporters about the upcoming live broadcast on NBC. F (more...)

Photo Flash: Kristin Chenoweth & Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE Appear at Summer Press TourPhoto Flash: Kristin Chenoweth & Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE Appear at Summer Press Tour
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 3, 2016

The cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande appeared at the NBCUniversal Summer Press Tour. (more...)

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