J. Wynn Rousuck

Theater

Full circle for 'Hairspray'

December 2, 2004

Spritzzzzz! Hairspray fans have even more to cheer about. The movie version of the hit Broadway musical is expected to begin filming in summer 2005. And, New Line Cinema hopes "to at least film some of it in Baltimore," according to Mark Kaufman, senior vice president of production.

  • Big shows coming to new venue

    February 19, 2004

    Long runs of two long-awaited shows - Baltimore's first engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera and the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Disney's The Lion King - will highlight a musical-laden 2004-2005 subscription season at the Hippodrome Theatre. Four other large musicals are also part of the lineup, as well as Say Goodnight Gracie, a one-man show about George Burns, a performer who played the Hippodrome back in its vaudeville days.

  • A debut at home

    September 4, 2003

    When Hairspray launches its national tour at the Mechanic Theatre on Tuesday, one cast member will be making his professional debut in his former home state.

  • UM law program turns 'Hairspray' into a playbook

    August 28, 2003

    Lawyers and musical comedy might not seem to have much in common, but the University of Maryland School of Law is linking the two in a program that uses the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray as a springboard to examine race relations in 1960s Baltimore.

  • 'Producers' will be new theater's first play

    March 27, 2003

    The thematic connection may be largely coincidental, but there's no denying the serendipity of opening the Hippodrome Performing Arts Center with the Baltimore-Washington premiere of The Producers, which will inaugurate the renovated theater with a five-week run beginning in February 2004.

  • Vilanch might be next Edna Turnblad

    January 30, 2003

    First there was Divine - the larger-than-life, cross-dressing star who created the role of Bawlamer matriarch Edna Turnblad in John Waters' 1988 movie Hairspray. Then Harvey Fierstein donned Edna's wig in the hit Broadway musical version. Now there's word that Bruce Vilanch is the front-runner to walk in Edna's high heels in the touring production.

  • 'Hairspray' is ready to hit the road

    September 12, 2002

    Didn't get cast in Hairspray the first time around? Well, get out those Aquanet cans again - you've got another chance. The hit musical is holding an open-call audition in New York on Sept. 20 for its first national tour, which goes into rehearsal in the spring, then hits the road starting at the Mechanic Theatre in September 2003.

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