Hairspray fans know that the John Waters production will become the latest show to make the full circle of screen-to-stage-back-to-screen when the Scott Wittman-Marc Shaiman musical comes to theaters July 20. We got the photo disc in the mail the other day, so I thought I'd share some images, particularly of Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tussle (right), the role Laura Bell Bundy originated on Broadway.
We sent Laura's mom a copy of the photo, and she was delighted and shared some Laura-Brittany history. Apparently when Laura and Brittany were both on the Guiding Light, Laura tutored Brittany in math.
"I love Brittany Snow," Lorna wrote. "I think it's fantastic she's doing the part."
There's a bunch of interesting casting in this flick, particularly John Travolta as Edna Turnblad and Christopher Walken as his/her husband Wilbur Turnblad. Michelle Pfeiffer is stage-mom-from-hell Velma Von Tussle and, for the musical moments I'm most anxious to see, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle.
But having consumed a lot of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon over the past decade, it'll also be intriguing to see the hilarious Amanda Bynes in the scene-stealing role of Penny Pingleton and High School Musical star Zac Efron as sympathetic stud Link Larkin. Zac could be in danger of some type casting here. The photo, above, is of Elijah Kelley as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Efron, Bynes and newcomer Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad.
For more images, go to the imdb Hairspray photo gallery. Travolta looks amazing as Edna.
~ Speaking of Laura Bell, Legally Blonde opens in previews on Tuesday. Earlier this week, Variety had an interesting article on why in the grand scheme of movies-turned-into-musicals, Blonde will be a Hairspray (which is still running on Broadway) and not a High Fidelity (which closed after 14 performances and 18 previews in December).
~ Speaking of Kentucky talent on Broadway, Ashland's Steve Kazee is just about to open Roundabout Theatre's production of 110 in the Shade. He plays Starbuck opposite Audra McDonald's Lizzie in the revival of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' adaptation of N. Richard Nash's play The Rainmaker. Kazee (photo, right) got his bachelors degree from Morehead State University, and his other Broadway credits include Sir Lancelot in Spamalot. The show begins previews April 13 and opens May 9. Broadway.com has an amusing video with Kazee hosting a backstage tour of Spamalot.