TV networks producing live musicals has become a bit of a trend in the past few years. While reviews have been mixed, the star-studded casts of Grease, The Wiz, The Sound of Music, and Peter Pan brought audiences back to the golden age of television when shows were live and music was top priority.
This December, NBC will give Broadway lovers another taste of fun with Hairspray Live!. With its reputation as one of the most lively musicals out there, audiences of all ages and genre preferences are sure to love this one. The show will be the fourth annual live musical for the network and they seem to be intent on giving audiences the show of their lives.
The cast of Hairspray Live! could not be more packed with stars. Jennifer Hudson will use her huge chops as the sassy Motormouth Maybelle, Derek Hough plays television host Corny Collins, and Ariana Grande will appear as the adorably clueless Penny Pingleton. Popular kids Amber Von Tussle and Link Larkin will be played by Disney Channel stars Dove Cameron and Garrett Clayton. Harvey Fierstein will dress in drag to play Edna Turnblad and Martin Short will bring his comedy expertise to Wilbur Turnblad. Broadway big shot Kristen Chenoweth appears as saucy Velma Von Tussle and the cast rounds out with Maddie Baillio, a new comer to TV, starring as Tracy Turnblad.