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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.


Zack Bernstein, Harvey Fierstein (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 nominations. See more awards »



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


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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Release Date:

7 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hairspray, el musical See more »

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16:9 HD
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Dove Cameron was originally pulled from the role of Amber due to scheduling conflicts with "Liv & Maddie" as well as filming for "Descendants 2". She was later brought in for a dance audition and was re-offered the part to which she accepted. See more »


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 »


Version of Hairspray (2007) See more »


Welcome to the 60s
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein & Sean Hayes
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It wasn't bad - but I like Christopher Walken best as the dad
26 December 2016 | by superfamousseamusSee all my reviews

I think this was hard to do considering the other amazing movie version with Christopher Walken and John Travolta. On the other hand, Harvey Firestein is so cute as the mom, he kind of steals the show. I have no idea how he has such cleavage, but it is quite impressive. And Martin Short is adorable but just not Walken, you know. Jennifer Hudson is A-Freaking-mazing, of course. And Ariana Grande, well I had never heard her sing before today(because I'm apparently not that cool) but she did a great job.Costumes were pretty nice, and Rosie O'Donnell is actually bearable. I thought it was worth the watch. Yes there were some technical issues, however its live and therefore forgivable. Hardcore fans probably will notice the technical precision in which the dancers do their thing, the change in costumes on many of the originals etc. But the new costumes are really well done and, while different, are just as well done as the original. I had very few dislikes. Harvey was a little stiff, but he is not a young man. Ariana at the end was wearing heels that were way too high for the period, and it made her look a little kinky. Still love the shout out to Essex Community College. I graduated from Baltimore City Community College myself. Yeah! MobTown!!

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