No One Could Stop The Beat Of Hairspray: Live!

No One Could Stop The Beat Of Hairspray: Live!

…or the motion of the ocean, or the rain from above…

From the time when the 2007 Hairspray movie was released in theaters, I have absolutely loved it. I remember driving to school every day listening to all the songs and singing every word, having a picture of the cast on my birthday cake, seeing it on Broadway, watching the move countless times, and even dressing up as Edna for Halloween one year.

This being said, when I heard that this year’s live television musical would be Hairspray: Live!, to say that I was excited would have been an understatement. The wait for it to air seemed endless, but it finally came to an end this past Wednesday, December 7 on NBC. As much as I was looking forward to it, I would be lying to say that I was not just a little bit nervous that it would not live up to my expectations. Now, I can more than happily say that not only did it meet my expectations, but it exceeded them.

Entertainment Weekly called the production “a well-earned victory lap,” while USA Today says it was “NBC’s best live musical,” and I could not agree more. It was one of those rare situations that you knew from the very beginning—in this case, when you heard the first beats of “God Morning Baltimore”—that it was sure to be a hit. Then again, how could it not have been? With a cast including Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Garret Clayton (Link Larkin), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed Stubbs), Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), and introducing Maddie Baillio (Tracy Turnblad), every person was more talented than the next.

Anyone who knows anything about Hairspray knows that it is a powerful story with energetic music. Looking at all the performances of the night, while they were all fantastic, for me, there were a few stand-outs. First, there was “Welcome To The 60s.” It has always been one of my favorites, and I thought that Maddie Baillio and Harvey Fierstein made it such an engaging and fun number, not to mention an appearance by Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky to make it even better! Then, there was Jennifer Hudson’s moving performance of “I Know Where I’ve Been,” and of course, the always lively fan-favorite “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” which ended the show on an incredibly high note.

After watching the whole show, I honestly feel that this will be the NBC live musical to top. From beginning to end, it was enjoyable, and what probably added to making it so special is the story that Hairspray tells, which goes so far beyond just acting, singing and dancing. When it comes down to it, it teaches you that no matter who you are, you can achieve anything you want to and no matter how hard it may seem, you should have every ability to do so. As Tracy sings, “Yes, I know that the world’s/Spinning fast now/But you gotta run the race/To win the prize.” I believe that the entire cast of Hairspray: Live! clearly conveyed this message to every single person who was watching that night, and I think that in itself made their performance spectacular.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

Hulu is slept on


I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

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This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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