The Musical “Hairspray Live!” Comes Alive on NBC

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05 December 2016
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“Hairspray Live!”
Premieres Wednesday, December 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC
 
          Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy's mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”

          The all-star cast includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ephraim Sykes, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio and special guest stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell.

 

          “Hairspray Live!” will bring back the creative talents of “The Wiz Live!” director Kenny Leon (Tony winner, “A Raisin in the Sun”) and script adaptor Harvey Fierstein (four-time Tony winner, “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Hairspray,” and “La Cage aux Folles”).  “Hairspray Live!” will also enlist the original Broadway adaptation’s choreographer Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots,” “On Your Feet”), original songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Smash” and Broadway’s upcoming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), two-time Emmy Award-winning live television director Alex Rudzinski, award-winning costume designer Mary Vogt (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Men in Back”), music director Lon Hoyt (“On Your Feet,” “Hairspray” on Broadway and feature film) and award-winning production designer Derek McLane (Academy Awards, “Beautiful”).

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Pictured Above: (l-r) top row: Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Ephraim Skyes as Seaweed J. Stubbs; bottom row: Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle --


 
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