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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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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dove Cameron ... Amber Von Tussle
Kristin Chenoweth ... Velma Von Tussle
Ariana Grande ... Penny Pingleton
Billy Eichner ... Rob Barker
Martin Short ... Wilbur Turnblad
Shahadi Wright Joseph ... Little Inez
Andrea Martin ... Prudy Pingleton
Harvey Fierstein ... Edna Turnblad
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gym Teacher
Ricki Lake ... Pinkette
Sean Hayes ... Mr. Pinky
Jennifer Hudson ... Motormouth Maybelle
Garrett Clayton ... Link Larkin
Ricky A. Schroeder ... Sketch (as Ricky Schroeder)
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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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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(DVD)

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Ariana Grande personally requested to play the role of Penny Lou Pingleton because she had been a fan of the show & had always wanted the chance to play the character. 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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Version of Hairspray (2007) See more »

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It's Hairspray
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Derek Hough
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Good job
8 December 2016 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

I saw the John Travolta movie some years ago, but don't remember a whole lot about it.

However, NBC got it right again this year. I don't recall any weaknesses other than the sound being poor in a few cases, and I wasn't able to hear dialogue.

Apparently having an unknown as the lead is the best idea. it worked last year, and Maddie Baillio did a great job. she can sing and dance and has a nice personality.

Harvey Fierstein makes an ideal drag queen. That voice!

Martin Short is surprisingly good as Tracy's father. He is basically the same character Martin Short always plays, but he just stands out so much more than I expected.

While I am kind of a square, most of this music isn't too bad compared to what passes for music in 2016. And there were even songs for someone with my particular taste.

Jennifer Hudson does a great job. her style of singing isn't really my taste, but that's not important. She steals the show when she sings. People will like her.

Ariana Grande is so adorable as the shy best friend, but she really shows her singing and dancing talent later, and she looks good in a short skirt.

What a hypocrite Kristin Chenoweth is! All this emphasis on high moral standards but she shows off her chest. Great job, and she even hits those really high notes.

Dove Cameron does a nice job as the spoiled daughter who thinks she will be Miss Hairspray because of all the strings being pulled.

Ephraim Sykes is quite appealing as Seaweed, the teen who is tired of being a second-class citizen and teaches Tracy the moves she needs to make it, and he really stands out.

I'm sure I left someone out, but I can't think of anyone who didn't do a good job.

I was surprised by the amount of time devoted to the quest for integration, but it's an important message here.

NBC needs to keep doing these musicals.


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