Last night’s Hairspray movie screening

“Good morning Bal-timore!”

Yes, HAIRSPRAY madness is about to take place! Last night, I was at the VIP screening for what will probably be one of the blockbuster movies of the year.

Hairspray- Shawn B

First, there was the red carpet madness, as each celebrity arrived in their convoys to the Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street. It’s actually the same place where we had the Dora Awards, and here’s a secret: It’s where our show for Thrive! Entertainment will be this fall.

Yo, can someone say paparazzi? Wow. Two handfuls of photographers from every media source. And an army of screeming fans for Zack Efron. Is it his hair?

We went inside, where they had a photo op and autograph line. A few people asked me for MY autograph! Haha! Suckers…

Then shared some love to Zack, Elijah, Amanda and Nikki when there. It was good to see them all again, we spent so much time together last fall shooting this film. Good times.

Once inside the theatre, there were a bit of introductions from radio personality Billie and the producers of the film. Then on to the movie…

…which is one of the coolest films I’ve ever been involved in! GREAT music, choreography, costumes and editing.

I’m in all the scenes with the “Detention Kids” which is basically, all the black kids. If you don’t go check it out, I’m ah hurt somebody.

“Run And Tell That” was a favourite scene of mine, partly because I knew how fun it was shoot it. Also, “You’re Timeless To Me” is a hilarious and giddy duet between Christopher Walken and his wife John Travolta (yes, WIFE).

Adam Shankman did an excellent job with this entire film. You can learn about the film at

Of course, there was a fun afterparty with the cast at The Drake. That’s all I can say here. 😉

They Hairspray’d up the place, staff was dress in 1960’s style, and they served unnecessary amounts of icecream, twinkie cakes, DEEP FRIED OREOS (as if they weren’t bad enough for you already!) and an endless supply of sweet goodness that your dentist would have a field day with.

Apparently, “the darker the chocolate, the richer the taste…” I agree.

I’ll be seeing it again. When you go, let me know what you thought!

– SB

Here’s a few shots of myself and some of the cast.

Some Hairspray cast

Hairspray- Shawn and Nikki

More Hairspray cast

Hairspray- Shawn B and Elijah

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Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

3 thoughts on “Last night’s Hairspray movie screening

  1. Thanks for the heads up Bonnie on the Hairspray book- I do NOT have a copy. It sounds pretty cool, I’ll make sure to pick one up next time I’m in Indigo!

    I’ll be seeing Hairspray for the FORUTH time this weekend. =)

    – SB

  2. Hi! Was at Indigo last eve – and you probably already have at LEAST one copy, but there’s a fab book about the “making of” Hairspray and there are a couple of great pics of you in there – Also Jenny getting flashed! and my pal from Romeo & Juliet that I did in June, Emily, who was one of the “pageant girls” & “auditioners”. Hoping for more tap this fall – see ya, Bonnie 🙂

  3. Hey I saw an early showing on July 4th at the Silver city at Younge and Eg. and is was totally awsome! You were great and so was the whole cast( ; How was it pretending to be in high school again? The whole audience loved it, we were lol thru out the flick, it was great( ;

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