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Adam Shankman, Putting New Moves on 'Hairspray'

John Waters' movie Hairspray, about a full-figured teen who bops her way to popularity (and fights for racial integration) on a TV dance show in '60s Baltimore, was a cult camp classic that became a hit Broadway musical. Now that stage musical has been re-adapted into a film — starring John Travolta, no less, in the role created by Waters' drag-queen muse Divine.

We talk with director and choreographer Adam Shankman, who directed The Wedding Planner and choreographed Boogie Nights — not to mention the legendary musical episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

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Comedian and Filmmaker Mel Brooks

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have just returned to Broadway and their starring roles in The Producers -- the show based on Brooks' first feature film. They're doing a limited run through April 14. The Producers won 12 Tonys in 2001, including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best actor. The book, the music and lyrics were written by Brooks. He's made some of the funniest films in movie history, including The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles.

11:57

Actor George Chakiris

A new special edition DVD of the film West Side Story has been released. We speak with cast members. The film, which won ten Oscars, is a screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about New York City gangs circa 1960. George Chakiris, who played Bernardo in the movie, won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the role. Chakiris has been in many films, TV shows and plays. Oddly enough, he won the Bernardo role after playing the role of Biff, Bernardo's main rival, in the London theater production of West Side Story. This interview first aired October 25, 2001.

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Philip Furia

Philip Furia is currently writing a book on Hollywood's musicals. He discusses the impact of Harry Warren on movie musicals. Furia is the author of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley, and Irving Berlin: A Life in Song. He is chair of the English department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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George Chakiris

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the film West Side Story, we speak with cast members. The film is a screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about New York City gangs circa 1960. It won ten Oscars. First, George Chakiris, who played Bernardo in the movie. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the role. Chakiris was born in 1935 and made his acting debut at the age of 12. Hes been in many films, TV shows and plays. He got the West Side Story film role after playing the role of Biff in the London theater production of West Side Story.

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Actress Rita Moreno and vocalist Marni Nixon

Actress Marni Nixon. Moreno won an Oscar for her role as Anita in West Side Story. She been in dozens of films and TV shows. Many baby boomers will remember her from the kidsPBS series The Electric Company. She played a starlet in Singinin the Rain. Marni Nixon is the singing voice of Maria (played by Natalie Wood) in West Side Story. She also did voiceovers for Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. More recently, she did voiceover work for the animated film Mulan.

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American Popular Song: Philip Furia.

Philip Furia is currently writing a book on Hollywood's musicals. He discusses the impact of Harry Warren on movie musicals. Furia is the author of "The Poets of Tin Pan Alley," "Irving Berlin: A Life in Song." He is chair of the English department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. (Rebroadcast of 5/25/99)

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American Popular Song: Philip Furia.

Philip Furia is currently writing a book on Hollywood's musicals. He discusses the impact of Harry Warren on movie musicals. Furia is the author of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley, and Irving Berlin: A Life in Song. He is chair of the English department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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French Film Composer Michel Legrand Elevates Ordinary Stories with Music

Legrand wrote the score for the 1964 classic French film starring "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" which starred Catherine Deneuve. In the film every bit of dialogue is sung to Legrand's music. Legrand also has won three Oscars for the song, "The Windmills of Your Mind," from the film "The Thomas Crown Affair," best original dramatic score for "Summer of '42," and best original song score for "Yentl." This originally aired 4/30/96.

13:42

From the Archives: Legendary Director and Choreographer Stanley Donen.

Film Director and choreographer Stanley Donen. At the upcoming Academy Awards he'll be given an honorary Oscar for what the Academy calls "a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit, and visual innovation." Done directed "On the Town," "Singin' in the Rain," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Funny Girl," and more.

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