'Hairspray' gala draws stars

The Baltimore Sun

Nikki Blonsky, the latest dynamo to fill out the role of big-hearted Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, will be joining fellow cast members Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron for the movie's gala Baltimore premiere July 18.

Besides Bynes, cast as Penny Pingleton, and Efron (Link Larkin), others expected to be on hand include Brittany Snow (Amber von Tussle) and Elijah Kelly (Seaweed J. Stubbs), along with director Adam Shankman and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

And John Waters, on whose 1988 film the musical is based.

The premiere is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Charles, followed by a party at the Tremont Grand hotel, 225 N. Charles St., from 9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Tickets for the combined event are $150, with proceeds benefiting AIDS Action Baltimore. For tickets or for more information: 410-837-2440.

Chris Kaltenbach

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