"It's about finding a comfort zone. I guess I'm just more comfortable being other people than I am being myself."
Name an iconic John Travolta role. It's hard to single out just one, when there are many characters that have attained the highest rung on the pop culture ladder.
It took a three-day Hollywood Bowl concert engagement to arrange it, but L.A. finally got a load of the Tony-winning performances of Marissa Jaret Winokur and Harvey Fierstein in "Hairspray."
Six years after it elevated John Waters from underground bad-tastemeister to Broadway baby, the Tony-winning musical "Hairspray" is expected to shutter its Rialto production in January, with original…
New Line Cinema has made a deal with "Hairspray" creator John Waters to write a treatment for a sequel to summer 2007's hit musical feature.
John Travolta's decision to soft-shoe into the memorably oversized role of Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" required 14 months of convincing by producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Travolta finally said…
OK, so it's no secret that John Travolta and I have fought over many of the same parts. After extensive lobbying sessions with Robert Stigwood, I let John have "Saturday Night Fever." I knew there'd…
In the beginning, Divine played the role of Edna Turnblad. And the first day on the set of "Hairspray," I didn't recognize him. I thought it was another neighborhood woman watching the shoot. We were…
The history of Broadway musicals on film is often unhappy. (John Huston's "Annie," anyone?) Even when the creative teams responsible have been involved in their adaptation -- the Rodgers and…
Director-choreographer Adam Shankman's buoyant stage-to-screen translation of "Hairspray" may not equal the comic zest of its 1988 root source, John Waters' first and still-finest mainstream feature.