TEASER: Hairspray Live! [VIDEO]

Via press release from NBC:

“Hairspray Live!” features an all-star cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ephraim Sykes, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio and special guest stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell. “Hairspray Live!” will bring back the creative talents of “The Wiz Live!” director Kenny Leon (Tony winner, “A Raisin in the Sun”) and script adaptor Harvey Fierstein (four-time Tony winner, “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Hairspray,” and “La Cage aux Folles”).

“Hairspray Live!” will also enlist the original Broadway adaptation’s choreographer Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots,” “On Your Feet”), original songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Smash” and Broadway’s upcoming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), two-time Emmy Award-winning live television director Alex Rudzinski, award-winning costume designer Mary Vogt (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Men in Back”), music director Lon Hoyt (“On Your Feet,” “Hairspray” on Broadway and feature film) and award-winning production designer Derek McLane (Academy Awards, “Beautiful”).

  • Blake Mason

    I might actually try to find a live stream on the internet to watch this.

  • JDS

    Looking forward to watching this.

  • Joe in PA

    a ray of sunshine in a cloudy, cloudy period.

  • Rex

    I saw Hairspray on Broadway with Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. I’m looking forward to this live TV production. Should be interesting to see how the message of love and acceptance goes over, you know how mean those actors can be to the hateful conservatives.

  • Chris Davis

    This should be very enjoyable and I’ll tune in of course, but… nothing can match the original classic film.

    • I love the original. Some of my favorite bits from the movie didn’t make it into the musical (including Pia Zadora ironing Ricki Lake’s hair…brought back childhood memories of seeing my sister and her friends doing that). But there are some great moments in the musical, especially the protest song. Not all the music is great but that song is fantastic.

      • B Snow

        The last number is so high energy AND a great message. And the thing I really liked about the musical vs. the movie is

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        the way the Von Tussels get to be redeemed. We learn why they’re horrible and they finally learn to let their hair down, so to speak. So it’s a happy ending for everyone.

  • Jmdintpa

    i hope they dont do the same thing to this as they did the Rocky Horror Picture Show the other week. That one was baaaad. This one at least looks livelier and Harvey is always fun to watch.

    • Reality.Bites

      Different situation – that was a remake of a movie, this is a new (one-time-only) performance of a stage musical – one where the movie version (Travolta) was far from a classic deserving of being the definitive version.

      • I disagree that there can ever be a difinitive version of a dramatic work. Some movies don’t need to be remade because you probably can’t do any better. But a stage show should keep coming back. The movie version was good but there’s no reason that we shouldn’t keep reviving this show. Also, I love these tv versions. Some have been better than others but it’s a great thing to have happening and I think a great thing for live theater. More, please, including plays.

        • David Walker

          1955 “Peter Pan” (Mary Martin and Cyril RitCHARD) is the first Broadway on TV production I remember. There were cut down versions, of course, whether the 5 minutes (at best) on Ed Sullivan or highly abbreviated versions of older (public domain?) shows (“Omnibus,” “The Bell Telephone Hour”). I wish I was born maybe just a tad earlier so I could have appreciated the number of original dramas (and comedies minus audience) on the likes of “Playhouse 90.” I vaguely remember the end of Phase I radio; I wish I had a better memory of what actually was a Golden Age of TV. “Peter Pan” at age 9 (and, for some reason, Mr. Ritchard) is the first TV show that fed my Broadway gene…in the wilds of eastern Lancaster County, PA.

      • Acronym Jim

        Actually, the Rocky Horror Picture Show started as a stage play and the recent live version followed the stage play (with the opening song sung by an usherette) more than the movie.

        Unfortunately for future productions of RHPC, the movie version, and Tim Curry’s performance in particular, have become so iconic that it would be difficult to overcome public expectations.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    All the Tracy Turnblads seem to be interchangeable.

  • Blake Jordan

    I am sure the Neo-Nazis will take this as an attack on them… because everything is apparebtly about them…

  • marachne

    What a lovely birthday present! Will watch for sure.

  • joyzeeboy

    OH, HELLA YEAH!

  • TJay229

    Nope… The Wiz was the end all be all for me.

    • joeyj1220

      i loved that one so much

  • This was all planned some time ago but the timing couldn’t be more perfect. (Something similar happened with a South Pacific revival in 2008. A show about miscegenation while a mixed race man was running for president.)

    Bravo to NBC and to a fine cast. I can’t wait!

    • B Snow

      I wonder if they’ll add anything topical, considering the “climate change” we’re currently experiencing.

  • tcinsf

    I was lucky enough to see the original cast in this … Fierstein was amazing, the whole cast was .. and that was my introduction to that handsome fella that would later become Mr. Shuester.

  • unclemike

    So far, Grease Live was the only one of these I thoroughly enjoyed. The Wiz, Peter Pan, and RHPS were all disasters of varying degrees for me. I am eternally optimistic, though. I’m still watching 🙂

    • joeyj1220

      I loved the Wiz!!… I avoided Grease, just because I hate that show and think it’s overdone

      • unclemike

        Watching a live show without an audience just makes me think I’m watching a dress rehearsal. Not quite the same.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Gad, this is the first time I have felt even a little happy in two weeks. Looking forward to it.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I really can’t wait for this show. Hairspray is near and dear to my heart, since I was growing up in
    Baltimore during the period of the events of this show, although I was
    roughly five years younger than the kids who were on the Buddy Deane
    Show, the prototype of the Corny Collins Show:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT_QNC6o24E

    Unfortunately,
    the ending of the real-life saga wasn’t quite as happy as the ending of
    Hairspray. Baltimore ABC affiliate WJZ couldn’t
    integrate the show and instead had to take it off the air. No matter; the “never
    give up” optimism of the Hairspray franchise is something we are badly
    in need of right now. It serves as a reminder that Pence et al. (I really don’t think Trump gives a shit) are not going to keep us down.

    I didn’t see the musical on Broadway, but it has turned out to be a sure-fire crowd pleaser at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston. A local theater group did six performances a few years back and I went to five of them; it was such a success that they brought it back for two capacity (to the extent an outdoor theater can have capacity) performances last summer, both of which I saw, and I’m sure it will be back again.

    I don’t find the film version of the musical to be on quite the level of the musical itself–too many songs are omitted–but I now think it is better than I first did. From what I have read, I believe this version is going to be pretty faithful to the original, and I have already pre-ordered the DVD on amazon which will be coming out on December 20.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      I had never heard of Buddy Deane. Thank you so much for posting. This is fabulous, although Buddy is rather enthused about everything.

    • B Snow

      Thanks for the info about the DVD. I also was really looking forward to the movie version of the musical (so I’d have a copy I could watch anytime) and was kind of disappointed, because the stage versions I’d seen were so much better. But maybe I’ll check it out again. And I’ll definitely get the DVD of this live version.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Shhhh! One Million Moms may hear about the show.

  • B Snow

    I. CANNOT. WAIT!!!!!!

  • wmforr

    The movie was destroyed by Travolta. They should have hired John Goodman–he would have been fantastic.

  • JCF

    How soon is “Coming Soon”?