Watch epic performance of Hairspray's You Can't Stop the Beat from over 100 stars

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An all star line up of theatre performers have united for a special performance of Hairspray hit You Can’t Stop the Beat.

In the video, alumni from numerous productions of Hairspray across the world, along with other professional theater, film and television performers come together for a joyous celebration of song and dance.


Famous faces appearing include Michael Ball, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Kerry Butler, Matthew Morrison, Nikki Blonsky, Keala Settle, Billy Eichner, Lizzie Bea, Andrew Rannells, Teri Hatcher and Leslie Kritzer.

The video was released to raise funds for The Actors Fund’s Emergency Financial Assistance program – you can donate online here.

Watch the video below…

The creative team includes David O (co-conceiver, co-director, musical director), Janet Roston (co-conceiver, co-director, choreographer), Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics), Scott Wittman (lyrics), Ally Rice (video editor), Michael Donovan (casting) and Scott M. Riesett (music mixer). The video is produced by Christopher Sepulveda with associate producers Rebecca Eisenberg and Daniel Henning.

Meanwhile, Hairspray’s West End revival has been postponed until September due to the ongoing theatre lockdown.

The original production of Hairspray – directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell – had been due to return to the stage from April 23 at the London Coliseum.

However producers have announced that performances will now begin on Tuesday 1 September running to Sunday 8 November.

Michael Ball will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad for the revival having won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 for his work in the original production.

Comedian Paul Merton will appear in the role of Wilbur Turnblad while Rita Simons will appear as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.

Lizzie Bea will star as Tracy Tunblad with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, Georgia Anderson as Amber von Tussle, Kimani Arthur as Little Inez and Dermot Canavan as Wilbur.

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