Last Updated on 18th May 2020
The Actor’s Fund Isolation Players made up of International Hairspray cast members and All-Stars present a very special You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray the musical.
Michael Ball and Leanne and the West End’s Tracy “in waiting” Lizzie Bea joined cast members from Hairspray and other all-stars to present this amazing video of the final from the show recorded in isolation to help raise money for the Actor’s Fund.
Michael, Leanne and Lizzie took part alongside Harvey Fierstein, Laura Bell Bundy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Jackie Hoffman, Derek Hough, Matthew Morrison, Garrett Clayton, Ricki Lake, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Keala Settle, Steven Weber, Melissa Winkour and many others.
Even the creative team were represented with Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman and Jerry Mitchell making an appearance.
Marc Shaiman who helped to create this epic video said “it is a celebration of ALL of us at home as we try to remain positive.
“Once you watch it, you will know what a Herculean task it was!), but as I watched the final edit last night I burst into a good old-fashioned ugly cry, not just from seeing so many friends (and strangers!) singing our song (not to mention seeing Scott Wittman dancing) but because I stepped outside of it and listened to our lyrics and remembered how hopeful we were when we wrote it…and where we are at today…ok, I’m all verklempt again…
“I know many people don’t think of people in entertainment as needing financial support, but were all the TV shows and movies and concerts we’ve all been binge-watching suddenly disappear, I think everyone would realize just what entertainment brings to our daily lives and that all that entertainment is made mostly by folks who work for an average salary and never know when their next job will be.”
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.
You can donate to the Actor’s Fund HERE
Michael Ball and Lizzie Bea are scheduled to star in the London revival of Hairspray reprising his Olivier Award-winning role of Edna at the London Coliseum in September.