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OFFBEAT: 'American Bandstand' original Arlene Sullivan ready for new book

OFFBEAT: 'American Bandstand' original Arlene Sullivan ready for new book

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with the stars of his July 2011 Star Productions stage musical "Hairspray."

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with the stars of his July 2011 Star Productions stage musical "Hairspray."

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum is cheek-to-cheek with the stars of his July 2011 Star Productions run of the stage musical "Hairspray." He is framed by Gina Guarino (left), who played Tracy Turnblad and be-wigged Frank Hattula who played Tracy's mom Edna, for…

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.

March 12, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Drury Lane's 'Hairspray' good, but doesn't reach sky-high possibilities

OFFBEAT: Drury Lane's 'Hairspray' good, but doesn't reach sky-high possibilities

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 15, 2012 12:00 am
Lillian Castillo, Michael Lindner and Felicia Fields star in "Hairspray" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Lillian Castillo, Michael Lindner and Felicia Fields star in "Hairspray" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Lillian Castillo stars as Tracy Turnblad, with Michael Lindner stepping into the heels of her mom Edna and Felicia Fields as Motormouth Maybelle in Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook's production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Hairspray" running now until June 17.

May 11, 2012 12:00 am
A Hair-raising Romp: Drury Lane Theatre production 'Hairspray' teases with fun moments

A Hair-raising Romp: Drury Lane Theatre production 'Hairspray' teases with fun moments

Edna Turnblad is one of those stage characters with a larger-than-life personality, who treats every day as though it's Mother's Day.

May 11, 2012 12:00 am
Tammy Mader and Giovanni Bonaventura in "Shout!" at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire in 2011

Tammy Mader and Giovanni Bonaventura in "Shout!" at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire in 2011

Tammy Mader, sporting 1960s garb, gets a lift from Giovanni Bonaventura in a scene from the musical revue "Shout!" during the Summer 2011 run at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire.

April 06, 2012 12:32 am
OFFBEAT: Theater queen Tammy Mader returning to 1960s, but off stage, for 'Hairspray'

OFFBEAT: Theater queen Tammy Mader returning to 1960s, but off stage, for 'Hairspray'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 06, 2012 12:00 am
OFF BEAT: Drury Lane Dinner Theatre Oakbrook announces 2012-2013 season

OFF BEAT: Drury Lane Dinner Theatre Oakbrook announces 2012-2013 season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 14, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Hair-raising' winners announced in 'Hairspray' contest

OFFBEAT: 'Hair-raising' winners announced in 'Hairspray' contest

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 05, 2011 12:00 am
'Under the Streetlamp' stars visit 'Hairspray' cast

'Under the Streetlamp' stars visit 'Hairspray' cast

MERRILLVILLE | Star Productions' cast of 'Hairspray' got a surprise visit from the guys of 'Under the Streetlamp'(the four stars from the Chicago cast of 'Jersey Boys' who are performing live in concert at Star Plaza Theatre on Aug. 20 in a special PBS taping.

August 03, 2011 12:33 pm
Star Plaza Theatre Announces Show Schedule through Dec. 31

Star Plaza Theatre Announces Show Schedule through Dec. 31

MERRILLVILLE | Star Productions announces their exciting lineup beginning July 30 with the outrageous and sensational 'Hairspray' to the comedic genius of Damon Williams December 31.

July 26, 2011 12:45 pm Photos

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The Cast of "Hairspray" at Star Plaza

The Cast of "Hairspray" at Star Plaza

The cast of "Hairspray," opening July 30 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, rehearses a musical number during Wednesday's dress rehearsal.

July 24, 2011 12:00 am
Frank Hattula as Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" at Star Plaza Theatre

Frank Hattula as Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" at Star Plaza Theatre

Actor Frank Hattula of Whiting dons a dress, makeup, and wig to play the silly over-the-top role of Edna Turnblad in the musical "Hairspray," opening July 30 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

July 24, 2011 12:00 am
Gina Guarino, Charlie Blum and Frank Hattula star in Star Productions' "Hairspray"

Gina Guarino, Charlie Blum and Frank Hattula star in Star Productions' "Hairspray"

"Hairspray" cast (from left): Gina Guarino, who plays Tracy Turnblad; Charlie Blum, who plays Tracy's father; and Frank Hattula, dressed in drag and playing Tracy's mom Edna, pose for a family photo on Wednesday during a dress rehearsal for the musical opening July 30 at the Star Plaza Theat…

July 24, 2011 12:00 am
Strong audience hold: Star Plaza stage all set for 'Hairspray' run showcasing local talent

Strong audience hold: Star Plaza stage all set for 'Hairspray' run showcasing local talent

Gina Guarino considers playing plucky Tracy Turnblad, the teased-hair heroine of funny stage and screen story "Hairspray," as "her role of a lifetime." Guarino is one of the starring cast members for Star Plaza Theatre and Star Productions two-weekend run of "Hairspray," playing July 31 and …

July 24, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Micky Dolenz with the Star Plaza cast of "Hairspray"

Micky Dolenz with the Star Plaza cast of "Hairspray"

Micky Dolenz (left) Gina Guarino (middle) who plays Tracy Turnblad and Frank Hattula, who plays Edna Turnblad discuss the Star Plaza Theatre regional production of the musical "Hairspray," which opens July 30.

July 15, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Star Plaza offers hair-raising contest, dining with princesses

OFFBEAT: Star Plaza offers hair-raising contest, dining with princesses

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 15, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Director John Waters offers honest assessment of today's filmmaking arena

OFFBEAT: Director John Waters offers honest assessment of today's filmmaking arena

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 14, 2011 12:00 am
George Wendt as Edna in "Hairspray"

George Wendt as Edna in "Hairspray"

Actor George Wendt starred as Edna Turnblad in the 2008 Broadway run of "Hairspray" at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.

April 05, 2011 12:00 am
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