Here’s everything we know so far about ‘Hairspray Live!’

We may still have 5 months to go, but ‘Hairspray Live!‘ has us running around and screaming with excitement. We are SO ready to be welcomed to the 60’s.


There’s only a few deets about it as it’s still early days, but we’ve searched the internet high and low for everything you need to know.


The show is set to be based on the 2002 Broadway show, so it’ll differ slightly from the film. However, they’ve “Assembled the Broadway dream team of Tony Award winners for ‘Hairspray Live!’.

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It includes Kenny Leon (‘A Raisin In The Sun’) and Alex Rudzinski (‘Grease Live!‘) as the co-directors with choreography from Jerry Mitchell who choreographed the original 2002 Broadway production of ‘Hairspray’, and Harvey Fierstein as the script adapter.



There’s an all-star cast for ‘Hairspray Live!’, including Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Becca Tobin as Amber Von Tussle, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton. Newcomer Maddie Baillio will play Tracy Turnblad and we’ll have the original Broadway star of ‘Hairspray’, Harvey Fierstein reprising his role as Edna Turnblad.

The roles for Link Larkin, Seaweed J. Stubbs and Little Inez haven’t been announced yet but it shouldn’t be long and we’re super excited!

The setlist

The exact musical numbers haven’t been confirmed, however it’ll probably follow along the lines of the Broadway production and maybe they’ll even throw in an original track!

When and where is it airing?

It’s schedule to air on NBC on the 7th of December 2016. Hopefully this date will stick because we’re dying to watch it.

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