Hairspray Live! (2016 Television Musical)
About The Show
NBC introduces it's next big live-action musical "Hairspray Live!". Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Hairspray", it takes place in 1962 Baltimore Maryland/North Avenue America. 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 Larkin; the ambitious mean girl, Amber Von Tussle and her sceaming mother Velma. An African American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed J. Stubbs, his little sister Little Inez and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a R&B local record store. Tracy's mother (Edna) and father (Wilbur) with their supporting nature helps them eventually encourage Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white and black on the "Corny Collins Show".
"Hairspray Live!" stars exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio, Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph, with special appearances by Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O'Donnell.
Hairspray Live! will be produced by NBC and will be airing on live television on Wednesday December 7th at 7/8 c! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (producers of all of NBC's live musicals and the upcoming "A Few Good Men Live") serve as executive producers of "Hairspray Live!" Live television director Alex Rudzinski will join director Kenny Leon ("The Wiz Live!") for "Hairspray Live!" Harvey Fierstein will provide a new teleplay and Jerry Mitchell ("Kinky Boots" & "On Your Feet") will serve as choreographer for the live production with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Smash" and broadway's upcoming "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory").