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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
Ariana Grande ... Penny Pingleton
Kristin Chenoweth ... Velma Von Tussle
Andrea Martin ... Prudy Pingleton
Martin Short ... Wilbur Turnblad
Billy Eichner ... Rob Barker
Garrett Clayton ... Link Larkin
Jennifer Hudson ... Motormouth Maybelle
Harvey Fierstein ... Edna Turnblad
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gym Teacher
Sean Hayes ... Mr. Pinky
Nikki Blonsky ... Cameo
Derek Hough ... Corny Collins
Ricki Lake ... Pinkette
Marissa Jaret Winokur ... 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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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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Did You Know?


In this version of Hairspray, the TV station that hosts The Corny Collins Show is WZZT. In the 2007 movie, the TV station is WYZT. 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 »


I Can Hear the Bells
Written by Scott Whitman and Marc Shaiman
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8 December 2016 | by AbigailAutumnSee all my reviews

Hairspray Live deserves a great rating! While it is true there were a handful of technical bugs and when it comes to some casting choices, people who are familiar with the show might have to get used to the new cast, all the hard work and endless practice that went into this is quite an amazing feat!

Being a person of theater, film and broadcast myself, what it takes to pull something off like this in a live setting blows my mind. Life is not perfect, but what makes a live show feel more realistic, more connected on a human level than a couple of bugs or passionately exhausted vocal inflections?!

While some of the past live shows have had their struggles, Hairspray Live is a big leap in the right direction. For what it is, all the technical aspects they achieved, and how it was not pre-recorded, it is worth the watch.

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