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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.


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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Credited cast:
Ricki Lake ... Pinkette
Nikki Blonsky ... Cameo
Dove Cameron ... Amber Von Tussle
Billy Eichner ... Rob Barker
Ariana Grande ... Penny Pingleton
Kristin Chenoweth ... Velma Von Tussle
Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Pinkette
Andrea Martin ... Prudy Pingleton
Jennifer Hudson ... Motormouth Maybelle
Martin Short ... Wilbur Turnblad
Sean Hayes ... Mr. Pinky
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gym Teacher
Maddie Baillio ... Tracy Turnblad
Harvey Fierstein ... Edna Turnblad
Garrett Clayton ... Link Larkin


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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7 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Hairspray Live! See more »

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Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur: The actresses who played Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray (1988) and the 2002 Broadway adaptation, respectively. See more »


When Tracie comes home to watch the Corny Collins show, she smacks the television and says "Philco" while the TV is actually a Muntz brand. See more »


Version of Hairspray (2007) See more »


Velma's Revenge
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Kristin Chenoweth
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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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