Hairspray Live

Hairspray, starring Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson to be streamed online

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The televised production of Hairspray Live! is the latest show to be streamed as part of The Show Must Go On series. Performed live on television in 2016, the star-studded musical event features Jennifer Hudson, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein and Ariana Grande.

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, Hairspray Live! follows Tracy Turnblad, a plucky teenager who wins a coveted spot on 'The Corny Collins Show'. But, as she settles into a life of newly-found fame, she leads a campaign to integrate the all-white television show, changing the community forevermore. 

The Hairspray Live! cast includes Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, who made her television debut in the role. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Ariana Grande stars as Penny Pingleton, joined by Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle and Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed Stubbs, Derek Hough as Corny Collins and Jennifer Hudson as Maybelle "Motormouth" Stubbs.

The musical features songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, including "You Can't Stop the Beat", "Good Morning Baltimore" and "I Can Hear the Bells". Kenny Leon directed the production, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell.

Hairspray Live! was originally broadcast by NBC on December 7, 2016, and was hosted by Darren Criss.

This week's stream is the second NBC musical event to be made available, following The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

A revival of Hairspray will open at the London Coliseum later this year, starring the Olivier Award-winning actor Michael Ball who'll reprise the role of Edna Turnblad.

The stream will begin from 7pm on 29th May, and will be available online for a further 48 hours. You can also watch Hairspray Live! below.

Photo credit: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC | 2016 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

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