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Hairspray Live! (2016)

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A teenage girl living in Baltimore in the early 1960s dreams of appearing on a popular TV dance show.

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Harvey Fierstein (teleplay by), Mark O'Donnell (book) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kristin Chenoweth ... Velma Von Tussle
Dove Cameron ... Amber Von Tussle
Billy Eichner ... Rob Barker
Martin Short ... Wilbur Turnblad
Ariana Grande ... Penny Pingleton
Jennifer Hudson ... Motormouth Maybelle
Andrea Martin ... Prudy Pingleton
Harvey Fierstein ... Edna Turnblad
Garrett Clayton ... Link Larkin
Sean Hayes ... Mr. Pinky
Shahadi Wright Joseph ... Little Inez
Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Pinkette
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gym Teacher
Ricki Lake ... Pinkette
Derek Hough ... Corny Collins
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Storyline

Teenager Tracy Turnblad accomplishes her dream of becoming a regular on her favorite tv show, she sets off on a mission to integrate the all white tv show along the way she is confronted by the pro-segregation mother daughter duo Velma and Amber Von Tussle Written by JJ

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You can't stop the beat!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hairspray Live! See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Thomas Sanders was present on the broadcast as a member of the audience. He himself had appeared on a stage version of "Hairspray" as Corny Collins. See more »

Goofs

Posters for musical events advertise shows on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, April 20. The story is taking place in June of 1962, but those two show dates only work for the years 1957 and 1963. The latter poster is seen on an outdoor telephone pole -- an unlikely place to promote a show happening nine and a half months in the future, and an impossible place for anything posted in 1957 to still be there. See more »


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Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Dove Cameron
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hair of the movie that bit me
8 December 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

It was obvious that this live TV production of a stage musical that was itself based on a movie wasn't going to live up to the original movie. Even so, it was a good time. A newcomer plays Tracy Turnblad, the teenager whose quest to appear on a dance show becomes a quest for racial integration in 1962 Baltimore. My favorite performances came from Harvey Fierstein as Edna (the role played by Divine in John Waters's movie) and Kristin Chenoweth as Velma (the role played by Debbie Harry in John Waters's movie). Andrea Martin was also to die for as Prudy Pingelton, who freaks out at the sight of African-Americans (especially when her daughter falls in love with an African-American teenager).

I should probably admit that I've never seen the stage production, or the 2007 movie based thereupon. Nevertheless, "Hairspray Live!" was an OK way to spend three hours. Jennifer Hudson's performance as Motormouth Maybelle is a force to be reckoned with (take THAT, American Idol!).

So, it wasn't anything great - the interludes showing the audience were distracting - but still a fun way to spend a brief amount of time.


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