New “Hairspray” Revival Performs On BBC

A revival of “Hairspray” is opening any minute in London, and the cast performed a showstopper on the BBC over the weekend. I’m not very interested in revivals, but for the feel-good fact alone I’d see this production if it came to New York.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Luca” is Disney’s latest and two young children I know give it a thumbs-up…TV/Streaming: Wanna beat the heat? Sample “Penguin Town,” the new series on Netflix…”Flack,” an original series on Amazon, has started its second season…Books: George Packer’s latest scolding analysis of American society is “Last Best Hope”…Music: David Archuleta came out as queer this week. His latest studio album is “Therapy Sessions”…Sports: It’s been great this week to watch football (Euro) around NYC at outdoor cafes and pubs…As for the NBA playoffs, I’m worried about the Nets — injuries.

Writer Janet Malcolm Dies At 86

How NYC Became An ’80s Music Hotbed

In a new exhibition, the city’s more well-known breakout artists are celebrated alongside a richer, and lesser reported, strain of experimental music. Details.

“You Can Never Do Right, It Seems”

RIta Moreno responded to critiques that musical adaptation In the Heights failed to represent Washington Heights’ Afro-Latino population in remarks made on Tuesday. I couldn’t agree more, Rita.

Lisa Banes Dies After Hit-And Run

Songs Of The Summer: Ranked

No, Hanson’s “MMMBop” isn’t number one, but I hadn’t thought of it for years and years so I gave it pride of place. Here’s the list.