Michelle sings again!

There had been rumours about this for a while, but now it looks like it's finally been confirmed. After playing the witch queen in Stardust (currently filming in the United Kingdom), Michelle will play another villain, in a film musical based on a Tony winning musical play based on a film.

I know some pfans have been concerned about Michelle's association with this film, but it has a great cast, and the best news of all is that we'll be hearing Michelle sing again onscreen! Her brief vocal work in The Prince of Egypt's Oscar-winning song When You Believe proved that all the training she did for Evita (she backed out of the film at the last minute) really paid off. Now, hopefully, we'll be able to hear the results properly.

Pfeiffer is the Hairspray Villain
Source: Variety July 17, 2006

New Line has found its Hairspray villain, setting Michelle Pfeiffer to play Velma von Tussel, the former Miss Baltimore Crabs beauty queen-turned-bitter Baltimore TV station owner.

Variety says Pfeiffer joins John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron and newcomer Nikki Blonsky, who'll play lead Tracy Turnblad. Adam Shankman is directing and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producing. Leslie Dixon wrote the script.

The studio has firmed a Sept. 5 start date. Plans to shoot partly in Baltimore have been scrapped, and the film now will shoot entirely in Toronto. Also changed is its launch date; the film has been pushed back to a Dec. 21, 2007 release. New Line cites its crowded summer 2007 schedule as the reason for the move.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are writing new songs for their Tony-winning musical score, including a new tune for Pfeiffer. She last sang in a film in The Fabulous Baker Boys and starred in Grease 2.

Anyway, for more about Hairspray:

Hairspray is a Tony-winning musical, based on the 1988 movie Hairspray. The story is of a girl named Tracy Turnblad whose dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Dean Show in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She gets a chance on the show and becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to racially integrate the Corny Collins Show.


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