St. Pete native appears in NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’

Ephraim Sykes, AP Photo

A St. Petersburg native appeared Wednesday night in NBC’s “Hairspray Live.” The production aired from 8 to 10:55 p.m.

Ephraim Sykes played Seaweed. J. Stubbs.

Sykes was born and raised in St. Petersburg. He made his community extremely proud Wednesday.

News Channel 8 talked with his father, Reverend Manuel Sykes.

“Like any father, you know, I wanted him in baseball and basketball. You know, trying to guide him in those directions,” the reverand said.

For a while the younger Ephram tried both sports, but eventually his feet took center stage.

“The dance thing it just kept excelling and excelling,” his dad said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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