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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 »





Credited cast:
... Amber Von Tussle
... Penny Pingleton
... Velma Von Tussle
... Wilbur Turnblad
... Rob Barker
... Cameo
... Mr. Pinky
... Gym Teacher
... Motormouth Maybelle
... Edna Turnblad
... Link Larkin
... Prudy Pingleton
... Pinkette
... Corny Collins
... Pinkette


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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Release Date:

7 December 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лак для волос  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Sarah Hyland, Melissa Benoist, & Emily Osment were considered for the roles of Penny & Amber. Darren Criss & Nick Jonas were both considered for the role of Link as well. 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 »


Run & Tell That
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
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Painful to watch
11 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Awful audio, cheesy product placement, constant cutting to "The audience", camera crew seemed drunk. Dov Cameron was pretty awful.

So much talent show so little of it. Kristin Chenowith, who I was really looking forward to, seemed weak in the Baltimore Crabs number. And sadly I don't think it was because of her performance as much as the audio/camera issues. Ariana Grande played her character quietly, as would be expected of Penny, however she was too quiet for a live show.

It felt like they hadn't done a run through together and there were no sound checks.

Best thing to do is skip watching the entire thing and just look for clips of Jennifer Hudson's performance.

NBC enough already. None of your live shows were worth the money you spent on them

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