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Hairspray Live! - 2016 - Motion Picture

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, "Hairspray Live!" takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on "The Corny Collins Show," a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy's mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white "Corny Collins Show."

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by TV News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
Emmy® Award winner and six-time Mirrorball champion dancer Derek Hough joins a?oeDancing with the Starsa?? in a new capacity as a judge.
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2020
Today, ABC Entertainment announced an overall deal with Emmy® Award winner, six-time Mirrorball champion dancer and “Dancing with the Stars” judge Derek Hough.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
It's the Day of the Show Y'All host Spencer Glass took over our Instagram Live with his new show, Ten Minute Tidbits!
by Linnae Medeiros - Oct 30, 2019
Oh what a celebration we'll have today because it's the sixteenth anniversary of Wicked, which opened at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre on October 30, 2003. We're helping our fellow Ozians rejoicify by looking back at what the show's original cast has been up to since leaving the smash hit, including Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Norbert Leo Butz, and more. Check it all out!
by Abigail Charpentier - Oct 24, 2019
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes are reprising their celebrated roles as Will, Grace, Karen and Jack for one last time in the farewell season of beloved NBC sitcom.
by TV News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
The Paley Center for Media today announced a new addition to its PaleyLive LA fall season: An Evening with Derek Hough and Julianne Hough. This exciting program will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00pm at the Paley Center's Beverly Hills location.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
A Christmas Carol is now in previews on Broadway! The holiday masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, comes to Broadway this holiday season for eight weeks only following critically acclaimed runs at London's Old Vic. Two visionary talents, playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and director Matthew Warchus (Matilda), offer a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic story, starring Campbell Scott ('House of Cards,' Dying Young) as Ebenezer Scrooge. Beginning previews on Thursday, November 7 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), with the opening night set for Wednesday, November 20, A Christmas Carol will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2020 only.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes will star as Michael Jackson in the upcoming Broadway World Premiere of MJ the Musical. MJ will begin preview performances on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is set for Thursday evening, August 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
As BroadwayWorld reported this morning, Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes will star as Michael Jackson in the upcoming Broadway World Premiere of MJ the Musical. MJ will begin preview performances on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is set for Thursday evening, August 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
by Student Blogger: Tayler Fess - Nov 14, 2019
This week I wanted to give you some ideas for your next movie night. We all love musicals and understand that hunting for bootleg copies of your favorite Broadway show is bad, so what do we do when we want to watch a show but can't make it to the theater? Movie musicals!!! I'm going to tell you five of my personal favorites to watch when I'm having a movie night, and I think you'll enjoy them if you haven't seen them already!
by Cindy Marcolina - May 30, 2020
Back in 2016 the NBC lot in Los Angeles transformed into 1962 Baltimore for the televised special Hairspray Live!, the fourth of the network's made-for-tv musicals. With Harvey Fierstein adapting the original 2002 book and reprising the character of Edna, it was a joyous success. Now, Universal is making the telecast available to UK audiences for the first time for a mere 48 hours after its premiere on their YouTube channel.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
Hairspray Live! will be broadcast online as part of The Shows Must Go On! The show will launch today at 2:00pm EST and be available for 48 hours. The stream will be available on The Shows Must Go On's YouTube channel for viewers in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
Today (May 29) in live streaming: Montego Glover visits Backstage LIVE, the cast of Dear Evan Hansen takes over Stars in the House, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2020
Today (May 28) in live streaming: Josh Groban is back for movie night, Steven Pasquale has a Classic Conversation, and so much more!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 28, 2020
Today, we are rewinding back to 2016, when NBC first began the hunt for their leading lady, Tracy Turnblad- a part that would ultimately go to newcomer Maddie Baillio. One spring afternoon, hundreds of girls turned up for an open call  to show Telsey + Company what they could do. Watch as some of the ladies talk about why they showed up and hear from casting director Bernie Telsey himself!
by Stephi Wild - May 27, 2020
Today's top stories: Hairspray Live! will stream online, Actors' Equity shares steps for getting actors back to work, and more!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2020
Today (May 27) in live streaming: Chad Kimball visits Backstage Live, Debra Messing and Victoria Clark visit Stars in the House, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2020
Forty of the nation's top high school vocalists have been selected to participate in the 2020 Songbook Academy® summer intensive, a week of personal instruction and mentoring from arts and entertainment professionals presented each year by the Great American Songbook Foundation.
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2020
Hairspray Live! will be broadcast online as part of The Shows Must Go On! The show will launch this Friday at 2:00pm EST and be available for 48 hours. The stream will be available on The Shows Must Go On's YouTube channel for viewers in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2020
Over 150 actors, dancers and musicians including Harvey Fierstein, Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Teri Hatcher, Matthew Morrison, Martin Short and more came together to create an at-home video of “You Can't Stop The Beat,” the joyful finale from Hairspray, as a celebration to raise money and awareness for The Actors Fund's Emergency Relief efforts.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2020
The Actors Fund has teamed with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, to produce a daily mini-online show, entitled Stars in The House, featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!) on social media to promote support for The Fund's services.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2020
Knot Free Productions and Ryan O'Connor have released a statement regarding the indefinite postponement of a?oeA Little Night Musica?? at Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2020
Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming Los Angeles production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music. Performances will begin at the Greenway Court Theatre in West Hollywood on May 15th, 2020 and will run through June 21st, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2020
A new flashback video has surfaced of Ariana Grande performing the title role in Annie at just 8 years old! The performance took place at Little Palm Family Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2020
Swingin' With The Music releases its inaugural album, Swingin' With The Mouse, celebrating the music of the Mouse House.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 24, 2020
Today's top stories: the West End production of Sleepless will use a quick COVID-19 on its cast, crew, and staff!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2020
It's Kristin Chenoweth's birthday! To celebrate, we're looking back at 10 past performances from her career that are some of our favorites!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2020
Dixon Place HOT! Festival presents an exclusive virtual performance of an extended excerpt from THE PRIDE OF LIONS directed and produced by Lovell Holder with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Okra Project. The performance will debut on Friday, July 31.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2020
The Educational Theatre Foundation has announced the establishment of the Craig Zadan Memorial Fund For Racial Equity In School Theatre, honoring the late award-winning producer of stage, screen, and television. 
by TV News Desk - Jan 9, 2020
Deadline reports that the evil stepsisters have been cast in Kay Cannon's upcoming 'Cinderella' movie musical. 'Hairspray Live' star Maddie Baillio and West End 'Mary Poppins' actress Charlotte Spencer have joined the cast.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
Don't stop 'til you get enough! As BroadwayWorld previously reported, MJ the Musical is set to begin Broadway previews this July with Ephraim Sykes playing the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. To get ready to see the iconic star's story and artistry come to the Great White Way, we're getting to know the show's cast members including Sykes, Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor, and more. Check it all out!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2020
Two years ago, Roger Q. Mason paid tribute to Billy Porter, the 2018 recipient of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award, by performing in a reading of Porter's semi-autobiographical play, As I Yet Live. Now, 2020 is Mason's year - and he is kicking it off, following in Porter's fabulous footsteps, as this year's Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award recipient.  The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the West Hollywood Council Chambers (625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069).  Details of the program will be announced in the coming months.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2020
Earlier this week, Roundabout Theatre Company brought Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Soldier's Play, to Broadway for the very first time. At the helm of the new production is Kenny Leon, directing the eleventh Broadway project of his career.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
Neil Meron is set to produce the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's 2008 musical 13 for Netflix, according to Variety.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
Celebrated Tony Award winners, emerging stars and beloved Broadway favorites are among the first to join the lineup for this year's Broadway Backwards on March 16, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
Arborhouse Productions & Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka) today announced that Shelby Acosta and Karl Skyler Urban have joined the cast of Emojiland as understudies, along with Geena Quintos who has joined the company as a swing. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning and seven-time Oscar-nominated composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman comes to the Music Conservatory of Westchester for a one night only event on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm! Broadway fans will experience an intimate performance and conversation with the maestro behind Hairspray, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins Returns, and more incredible musical stage and screen favorites.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 11, 2020
Today's top stories: Audra McDonald and Bobby Cannavale will lead A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
The beloved musical A Little Night Music is getting a new Los Angeles production with an eye-catching cast, including Tony Award winner, Daisy Eagan, as Petra and NBC's Hairspray Live! star, Garrett Clayton, as Henrik.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 29, 2019
BroadwayWorld would like to congratulate Jerry Mitchell and Ricky Schroeder on their recent engagement!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
The Philly POPS starts the new year with a tip of the hat to one of Broadway's greatest luminaries, Marvin Hamlisch, conducted by Marvin's mentee and friend, Music Director Todd Ellison, January 17-19, 2020. HAMLISCH: With Love features Disney Broadway powerhouse Ashley Brown and four Musical Theater students from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
U.S. high school singers with interests in musical theater, jazz and classic popular music can apply now to experience a life-changing week of performance opportunities and personal mentoring from Broadway stars and other arts and entertainment professionals.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
Each year, in the decade since the Lythgoe Family first introduced Panto to American audiences, stars of TV, film and Broadway come together at the holidays-many returning year after year-to perform alongside local talent in cities across the U.S. This year's offerings include the beloved tales of Snow White, Aladdin and Peter Pan, featuring Richard Karn, Garrett Clayton, Neil Patrick Harris and many others. Past productions have featured the star power of Ariana Grande, Jordan Fisher, Morgan Fairchild, Lucy Lawless, John O'Hurley, Tamyra Gray and Alex Newell, among others.
by TV News Desk - Aug 3, 2020
Lifetime extends their partnership with trusted journalist Robin Roberts for four new movies under the Robin Roberts Presents banner. The network greenlights their next foray into the gospel music world with the biopic Robin Roberts Presents: The Mahalia Jackson Story.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2020
The Talkback with Ruby Locknar premieres September 1 at 5pm ET on Cast Party Network on YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2020
Hosted by Ben Cameron, the NEXT ON STAGE: DANCE EDITION judges panel will include: Phil LaDuca, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Tyler Hanes, Sasha Hutchings, and Megan Sikora- plus more special guests judges to be announced soon!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2020
Inspired by Gen Silent, a 2010 documentary about LGBT seniors, Silver Foxes is described as a gay version of a?oeThe Golden Girls.a?? Benny and Chuck, two older gay men (Takei and Davis), rescue their dear friend Cecil (Bullock) from a homophobic senior living facility and bring him to live with them in Palm Springs. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2020
In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history! Today's number, You Can't Stop the Beat from Hairspray!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2020
Producer, Ken Davenport, announced the new lineup of guests to appear on The Producer's Perspective Live on his blog, TheProducersPerspective.com.