Hairspray is a well-loved musical and the 2016 production will be appearing online this evening (Friday, May 29). Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway spectacle, ‘Hairspray Live!’ takes place in 1962 Baltimore.
A press release read: “Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on ‘The Corny Collins Show,’ a local TV program.
“When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colourful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store.
“Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white ‘Corny Collins Show’.”
Here’s everything you need to know about watching the Hairspray musical this week.
Millions of musical theatre fans around the globe have tuned in and donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to charity, whilst watching and singing-a-long at home amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Hairspray features an all-star cast that includes Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Billy Eichner.
Also starring are Maddie Baillio, Martin Short, Dove Cameron and Harvey Fierstein.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (executive producers of all of NBC’s live musicals and the 2017 holiday musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’) serve as executive producers of ‘Hairspray Live!’
Live television director Alex Rudzinski also teams up with director Kenny Leon (‘The Wiz Live!’) for the production.
Fierstein will provide a new teleplay and Jerry Mitchell (‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘On Your Feet’) will serve as choreographer.
Music and lyrics come courtesy of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (‘Smash’ and Broadway’s upcoming ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’).
Hairspray will be available on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel at 7pm on Friday, May 29 for 48 hours