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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Musical of the Month: Hairspray: The Films


Our Musical of the Month is unique for many reasons, but it may be one of the few (it's the only!) Broadway shows based on a movie, then became a movie on its own, and then became a television movie. But John Waters' Hairspray did just that! What started out as an off-beat, off-kilter cult film became a smash hit Broadway musical, and then became a big-budget hit movie musical, and then became a live TV musical. What is interesting, too, is that with each version, bigger and bigger stars jumped on board to be a part of a quirky Baltimore girl's story.

Musical of the Month:
Hairspray:
The Films



Hairspray
(1988 film)
Starring: Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ruth Brown, Sonny Bono
Cameos: Pia Zadora, Ric Ocasek (of The Cars), John Waters
Written, Produced and Directed by: John Waters
Fun Facts: The film debuted in Baltimore on February 16, 1988. The film made $8.3 million in its initial run. The film's budget was $2.7 million. Debbie Harry was supposed to sing in the film, but her record company wouldn't allow it. Josh Charles was one of the Corny Collins Council members. The following year, Ruth Brown won a Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Black and Blue.









Hairspray 
(2007 film)
Starring: Nikki Blonski, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifa, James Marsden, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow
Cameos: Jerry Stiller and Ricki Lake from the original film, John Waters, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman; singing cameos by Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein and Corey Reynolds from the Original Broadway Cast
Screenplay by: Leslie Dixon; Produced by: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; Directed by: Adam Shankman
Fun Facts: The film premiered on July 10, 2007, with a budget of $75 million. Its initial release earned $203.5 million. Many of "The Nicest Kids in Town" were played by Broadway regulars including Curtis Holbrook, Hayley Podschun, Spencer Liff and Phillip Spaeth.






Hairspray Live! 
(2016 TV musical)
Starring: Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron, Ephraim Sykes, Garret Clayton, Derek Hough, Andrea Martin
Cameos: Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sean Hayes, Rosie O'Donnell
Written by: Harvey Fierstein; Produced by: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; Directed by: Kenny Leon
Fun Facts: The program debuted on NBC on December 7, 2016 with 9.05 million viewers. The show was presented by Darren Criss. The program was nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 3.






Be sure to join us next week when we take a look at another Musical of the Month!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mr. Broadway October 2020: Best Actor in a Play Nominee Ian Barford

We've had our eye on this month's Mr. Broadway ever since he wowed us in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2020 was gearing up to being quite the season for Ian Barford what with a leading role in Linda Vista and a role in the new ensemble play, The Minutes. COVID had other ideas. But the great news is that Mr. October 2020 was recognized for his work in Linda Vista with a Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play nomination!

Mr. Broadway October 2020
Linda Vista/The Minutes'
Ian Barford

     



GETTING TO KNOW IAN BARFORD:
BIRTH DATE: September 4
BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, Indiana
FAMILY: Married to Anna D. Shapiro (above); two children
MEMBER: Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 2007
SELECT THEATER CREDITS: BROADWAY: The Minutes, Linda Vista, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, August: Osage County, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice; REGIONAL: Take Me Out, Othello, Dead End, The Weir; STEPPENWOLF: The Minutes, Linda Vista, August: Osage County, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Detroit, Up, Endgame, The March, Mary Page Marlowe

          
Mary Page Marlowe

Endgame (right)


The March

     
Up


Detroit

BROADWAY
     



     













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Monday, October 26, 2020

1990s Broadway Musical Logos Madness! The Big 32 - Elton John Region

You know we are obsessed with show logos and window cards! We just LOVE them. Now, it's time to find out your top logo for the closing ten seasons of the 20th century. We started with a field of 64 show logos from the 1990s. Your votes narrowed them down to The Big 32. This week, your votes will finish paring down the 32 to The Sweet 16. You'll be deciding which logos move on and which will be gone, in The Elton John Region (the left half of the bracket below). 

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1990s Broadway Musical Logo Madness!
The Big 32: The Wildhorn Region

HOW IT WILL WORK:
  • Each week, we'll open the voting for a different segment of the bracket, and you will select your favorite from each pairing.
  • Your selection should be based on the logo/window card ONLY. We are NOT looking for your favorite show! It is possible to like a logo from a show you've never heard of before!
  • We will provide pictures of the full window card (in most cases) or logo above each week's ballot, then you scroll down and make your selections. You MUST click/tap the "Click Me to Count Your VOTES" button at the bottom of the survey.
  • THIS ROUND WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH AT 5 PM!

Here we go again! May the best logo win! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE FULL LOGOS BEFORE YOU VOTE! THE ACTUAL BALLOT IS BELOW THE FULL-SIZE LOGOS/WINDOW CARDS!

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