Hairspray’s Love Sings on TV Dec. 23 and 24

News   Hairspray’s Love Sings on TV Dec. 23 and 24 Darlene Love, who plays Motormouth Mabel in the Tony-winning musical Hairspray, will make TV appearances Dec. 23 and 24.
Darlene Love (center) in Hairspray
Darlene Love (center) in Hairspray

Love will return to “The Late Show with David Letterman” for the 21st consecutive year on Dec. 23 to sing the holiday tune “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).” The Letterman talk show airs on CBS-TV at 11:30 PM ET; check local listings.

About her two-decade stint on the Letterman program, Love recently told Playbill.com, “It actually started for me [when I was] doing a show at the Bottom Line, Leader of the Pack, the first show I went to Broadway with. . . . Paul Shaffer played Phil Spector at the Bottom Line, and he talked David Letterman into coming to see the show. And David Letterman heard me sing ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),’ and he really loved that song. I guess a couple of weeks after he saw the show, he was talking to Paul during the TV show and said, ‘You know the girl that sings that Christmas song in that play, we have to get her on the show. It's a great song.’ And, from that day till this day I've been singing ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ on David's show”

On Dec. 24 the acclaimed singer will perform “Winter Wonderland” on WNBC-TV’s “Weekend Today in New York,” which airs from 7-9 AM ET.

Actress-singer Darlene Love, whose pop hits include such sixties classics as "He's a Rebel" and "Da Doo Ron Ron," has appeared on Broadway in Grease, Leader of the Pack and the cult classic Carrie. She was also nominated to the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. Love's screen credits include "Shindig!," "Change of Habit," "Another World" and all four "Lethal Weapon" films. Her most recent recordings are titled "Age of Miracles" and "Unconditional Love."

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