PHOTO CALL: The New York City Premiere of "Hairspray"

News   PHOTO CALL: The New York City Premiere of "Hairspray" Though the film will be released nationwide July 20, "Hairspray" made its New York bow at Manhattan's Zigfield Theatre July 16 with a star-studded premiere that included cast members of Hairspray, the stage musical, past and present.

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Adam Shankman directs and choreographs the "Hairspray" film, which stars John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Zac Efron as Link Larkin, Brittany Snow as Amber von Tussel, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma von Tussel, James Marsden as Corny Collins, Elijah Kelly as Seaweed, Allison Janney as Prudy Pingleton and Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad.

The film is based on the still-running musical Hairspray, which itself was based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. The movie musical was adapted by Leslie Dixon from the Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan book and features the score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with additional songs created for the film. ***

At left (from top): Nikki Blonsky; Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; Zac Efron; Laura Bell Bundy and James Marsden; Linda Hart; Matthew Morrison and Curtis Holbrook; Angie Schworer and Scott Wittman; and Darlene Love.

Below: John Travolta and Kelly Preston (center) pose with fans at the New York premiere of "Hairspray."

photos by Aubrey Reuben
 

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