"Hairspray" Film Returns to the Big Screen Jan. 4 for One-Week L.A. and N.Y. Engagements

News   "Hairspray" Film Returns to the Big Screen Jan. 4 for One-Week L.A. and N.Y. Engagements
New Line Cinema's acclaimed "Hairspray" film — the movie musical based on the Broadway production of the same name (which itself was based on the original John Waters film) — returns to the silver screen Jan. 4 for one-week engagements in Los Angeles and New York.

The Golden Globe-nominated film will play both Laemmle's Sunset-5 theatre in Los Angeles and the Landmark's Sunshine Cinema theatre in New York through Jan. 10. To kick off the limited re-release of the film, John Travolta — who plays the zaftig, big-hearted Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" — will appear at the L.A. screening Jan. 4 for a question-and-answer session.

To date, "Hairspray" has grossed more than $200 million worldwide. The picture is available on DVD.

"Hairspray," John Waters' tale of a young girl's dream to dance on television in 1960's Baltimore, came back to the big screen with the addition of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's Tony Award-winning score and a cast of Hollywood heavyweights.

Adam Shankman directed and choreographed the film, which was adapted by Leslie Dixon from Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan's Broadway book. The musical also boasts the Broadway score with additional songs created for the film.

Playing the young wannabe dancing queen Tracy Turnblad is newcomer Nikki Blonsky. Her parents, Edna and Wilbur Turnblad, are played by Travolta and Christopher Walken, respectively. Filling out the cast of the racially-changing Baltimore landscape are Queen Latifah (as Motormouth Maybelle), Zac Efron (Link Larkin), Brittany Snow (Amber von Tussel), Michelle Pfeiffer (Velma von Tussel), James Marsden (Corny Collins), Elijah Kelly (Seaweed), Amanda Bynes (Penny Pingleton) and Allison Janney (Prudy Pingleton). (Keep an eye out for Jerry Stiller and cameos by Waters, Shaiman, Wittman, Shankman and original "Hairspray" film star Rikki Lake.) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Chicago") produced the film, with exec producers Shankman, Shaiman, Wittman, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot.

"Good Morning Baltimore," "The Nicest Kids in Town," "It Takes Two," "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs," "I Can Hear The Bells," "Welcome to the 60's," "Run and Tell That," "Big, Blonde & Beautiful" "(You're) Timeless To Me," "I Know Where I've Been," "Without Love," "(It's) Hairspray," and "You Can't Stop The Beat" from the musical are all featured in the film.

New songs include "Ladies' Choice," "The New Girl in Town" and "Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)."

Visit the official movie website at hairspraymovie.com.

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