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Tony Award Winning Actor Dick Latessa Passes Away at Age 87Tony Award Winning Actor Dick Latessa Passes Away at Age 87
by Alan Henry - Dec 19, 2016

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Tony Award Winner Dick Latessa, who is fondly remembered for his timeless Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning performance as Wilbur Turnblad in the original Broadway production of Hairspray. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to ProducersPhoto Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to Producers
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2016

The gratitude and nostalgia run deep for the cast of Hairspray Live!, who are continuing to share their thoughts about the special experience on social media. Today, Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) posted an Instagram of her with the live musical's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, thanking them for believing in her and giving her an opportunity to be a part of Hairspray Live! On the heels of her post, we received a mega thank you photo of the entire cast and members of the creative team. One thing's for sure: we'll be feeling the beat from Hairspray Live! for some time to come! (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

It's only been three days since NBC's latest installment in their series of annual live musical events, Hairspray Live!, but the stars of the production are already being hit hard with nostalgia! Several members of the cast, including Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed), Ariana Grande (Penny), and Tracy herself, Maddie Baillio, have taken to Instagram to express their post-Hairspray feelings. BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the most adorable posts below-let us know which ones we missed, and fingers crossed Ephraim keeps his promise to flood our timelines with more precious behind-the-scenes memories! (more...)

NBC to Air Reprise Telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!,  12/26NBC to Air Reprise Telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, 12/26
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Can't get enough of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!? Then tune in to NBC for a reprise telecast of the musical on Monday, December 26th from 8-11 p.m. ET! (more...)

Ariana Grande Shares Emotional Message to Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Ariana Grande Shares Emotional Message to Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 9, 2016

Yesterday, Ariana Grande, who starred as Penny Lou Pingleton in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, turned to Instagram to share an emotional message with the cast and crew of the musical (more...)

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Early Ratings: Down from 'The Wiz'; Matches 'Peter Pan Live'NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Early Ratings: Down from 'The Wiz'; Matches 'Peter Pan Live'
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

NBC has just released early ratings results for last night's broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! BWW will be updating these results as more numbers become available. (more...)

VIDEO: Re-Live the Magic - Watch NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! In Full Now!VIDEO: Re-Live the Magic - Watch NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! In Full Now!
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Miss last night's live broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on NBC or just need to re-live the magic all over again? Below, watch the musical in full! (more...)

Review Roundup: Run & Tell That - Critics Weigh In On NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Review Roundup: Run & Tell That - Critics Weigh In On NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE aired last night, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and originated from Los Angeles. Let's see what the critics had to say! (more...)

Photo Flash: Additional Images from Tonight's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on NBCPhoto Flash: Additional Images from Tonight's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on NBC
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Below, check out more images from NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The live broadcast aired tonight from Los Angeles, CA. (more...)

VIDEO: See Harvey Fierstein Be Welcomed Back to the '60s in HAIRSPRAY LIVEVIDEO: See Harvey Fierstein Be Welcomed Back to the '60s in HAIRSPRAY LIVE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Welcome back to the '60s, Harvey Fierstein! The Tony Award winner reprised his role last night as Edna Turnblad in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE, and we've got the video for you below! Also, keep an eye out for some other performers from the original Broadway cast of HAIRSPRAY. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the Timeless HAIRSPRAY LIVE Performances HereVIDEO: Watch the Timeless HAIRSPRAY LIVE Performances Here
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Last night, NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE had the world spinning round and round, and our hearts are still keeping time to the speed of sound. Check out some of the night's timeless performances below! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Maddie Baillio Greet the Day with 'Good Morning Baltimore'VIDEO: Watch HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Maddie Baillio Greet the Day with 'Good Morning Baltimore'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Good morning from BroadwayWorld! It still feels like there's a drummer inside our hearts watching Maddie Baillio's performance of 'Good Morning Baltimore' on NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE last night. Check out the video below! (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings it Home with 'I Know Where I've Been' in HAIRSPRAY LIVE!VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings it Home with 'I Know Where I've Been' in HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Last night, Jennifer Hudson brought everyone to tears during her performance of 'I Know Where I've Been' on NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Ready to live that moment again? We've got the video for you below! (more...)

42 Timeless HAIRSPRAY LIVE GIFS You Shouldn't Live Without42 Timeless HAIRSPRAY LIVE GIFS You Shouldn't Live Without
by Alan Henry - Dec 8, 2016

BroadwayWorld is pleased to be able to offer our readers our exclusive HAIRSPRAY LIVE gifs which we created while live tweeting the event over on @BroadwayWorld! Bookmark these timeless (to me) gifs and use them anytime you need to make a post who's beat your friends won't be able to stop! (more...)

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...)

Jane Lynch Brings SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS to Feinstein's at the Nikko TonightJane Lynch Brings SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS to Feinstein's at the Nikko Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join award-winning singer, actress and comedian, Jane Lynch, as she rings in the holidays with her brand-new show, Swingin' Little Christmas, at Feinstein's at the Nikko. (more...)

Photo Flash: Just In: Images from Tonight's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Photo Flash: Just In: Images from Tonight's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Below, check out just-released photos from NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The live broadcast is airing right now from Los Angeles, CA.  (more...)

You Can't Stop the Tweets! Broadway's Best and Brightest Weigh In on HAIRSPRAY LIVE!You Can't Stop the Tweets! Broadway's Best and Brightest Weigh In on HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Matt Smith - Dec 7, 2016

Hey there, teenage Baltimore (and St. Louis, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, New York, and pretty much every other city out there in America!) Don't change that channel! 'Cause every for just one afternoon night when the clock strikes four eight, you can shake it, shake it, shake with the nicest kids in town (and the best of Broadway!) during tonight's high-octane broadcast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Yup... you can't stop the motion of the ocean or the rain from above, and you definitely can't stop the influx of tweets that will no doubt be pouring in throughout the duration of the live show! As has become an annual tradition, everyone will presumably throw in their two cents and chime in on the action via Twitter.... and Broadway's best and brightest are certainly no exception! (more...)

Megan Mullally Teases WILL & GRACE Revival: 'There's a Very Good Chance!'Megan Mullally Teases WILL & GRACE Revival: 'There's a Very Good Chance!'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 7, 2016

In a new interview with PrideSource today, Megan Mullally all but confirmed that the show will indeed return to the airwaves.  (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...)

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