'Hairspray' to film here, Toronto

Current plans call for the movie version of the Broadway hit Hair- spray to be filmed in both Baltimore and Toronto, an executive with New Line Cinema confirmed yesterday.

"It is our intention to shoot in Baltimore and Toronto," said Mark Kaufman, an executive vice president with New Line. "It could be a day in Baltimore, it could be a week in Baltimore. ... That has been our intention from the start."

He said details of the film's budget, which will dictate where Hairspray will be shot, are being worked out. Open auditions for several roles in the film will be held nationwide beginning next month in Atlanta.

The play, a musical version of John Waters' 1988 film about the desegregation of a Baltimore television dance show, won eight Tony Awards in 2003. The film is tentatively set to be released next year.

[From staff reports]

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