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Where Is Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky? See What 2007's Tracy Turnblad is Doing Now!

Where Is Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky? See What 2007's Tracy Turnblad is Doing Now!

Now that Hairspray Live! is just hours away, fans may be wondering what happened to the cast of the 2007 film!

We caught up with Nikki Blonsky – who starred as Tracy Turnblad alongside Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, John Travolta and more – to get her reaction to the new NBC version, and to see what she’s up to now!

“I’m thrilled that NBC has decided to put out a powerful musical with such a positive message for the country to see at such a pivotal point in our country’s history,” Nikki told JustJared.com. “I hope it can be used not only as entertainment but as an educational piece for our youth. I know when I did the 2007 film version of Hairspray it was needed and changed a lot of lives worldwide…hopefully this version that airs today can do the same nationwide. I will cherish the relationships I made in 2007 on the film version, my cast is family to me and always will be. We truly are film family for life.”

Hairspray Live! airs TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

In case you missed it, other former Tracy’s Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur are both excited to make cameos in Hairspray Live!.

Click inside to find out what Nikki Blonsky is up to now…More Here! »

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Who is Ephraim Sykes? Meet Hairspray Live's Seaweed!

Who is Ephraim Sykes? Meet Hairspray Live's Seaweed!

Get to know Ephraim Sykes, the talented actor who plays Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray Live!.

The 31-year-old performer is well-known in the theater community.

In fact, he was part of the original ensemble cast for the record-breaking hit musical Hamilton!

Ephraim recently opened up about how being in Hamilton changed his life.

Hairspray Live! airs TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

Click through the slideshow to meet Ephraim Sykes…

Lorde Continues Working on Her Album in NYC!

Lorde Continues Working on Her Album in NYC!

Lorde has been hanging in New York City and it looks like she’s putting the finishing touches on her album!

The 20-year-old singer was spotted braving the chilly temperatures and taking a stroll with a male friend on Wednesday (December 7) in NYC.

Last month, Lorde shared that she was working on her album while spending time in the Big Apple and expects it to be ready soon!

She also recently tweeted a snap of a pair of headphones, noting that she’d been using them to listen to her new album.

“listen to the record on these every day. wanna hear it exactly how you will,” she captioned the photo on her Twitter.

10+ pictures inside of Lorde out in NYC…
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Lea Michele, Taissa Farmiga & More Celebrate Ryan Murphy's Equity in Entertainment Award

Lea Michele, Taissa Farmiga & More Celebrate Ryan Murphy's Equity in Entertainment Award

Ryan Murphy got a huge honor at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast and he had tons of people there to support him!

Actresses from Ryan‘s television series including Lea Michele, Taissa Farmiga, Jane Lynch, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon and Niecy Nash all stepped out at the award ceremony on Monday (December 7) in Hollywood.

Ryan was being honored with the Equity in Entertainment Award for his commitment to inclusion of women and people of color in the entertainment industry.

“Truly inspired after this morning’s amazing event. Thank you @THR & a huge Congrats to my friend Ryan Murphy for today’s incredible honor,” Lea wrote on her Twitter after the event.

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'Little Shop of Horrors' Remake in the Works!

'Little Shop of Horrors' Remake in the Works!

There’s a Little Shop of Horrors remake in the works, Deadline reports!

Warner Bros. has tapped famed producer Greg Berlanti to direct the project. Little Shop has a long history! It was originally a 1960s campy horror film starring Jack Nicholson.

That film was then adapted into a Broadway musical in 1982, with music by Alan Menken. If you didn’t know, Alan is also known for his work writing for Disney’s Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast!

Later, in 1986, the musical was adapted into a movie-musical starring Rick Moranis in the main role as Seymour.

The production has since come back to Broadway, and was even brought back as a limited run show last year in New York City with Jake Gyllenhaal in the leading role.

No casting has been announced.

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Mariah Carey Has a Unique Way to Keep Dry in the Rain

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Who Plays Tracy Turnblad? Meet Hairspray Live's Maddie Baillio!

Who Plays Tracy Turnblad? Meet Hairspray Live's Maddie Baillio!

Meet Maddie Baillio – the young woman playing Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray Live!

Hairspray Live! has been in the works for months, and Maddie auditioned all the way back in April for the live musical.

Maddie hails from League City, Texas, and auditioned at a large open call for the iconic role.

Click through the slideshow to meet Maddie Baillio…

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