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NBC's Hairspray Live!, With Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson, Airs Again

The musical returns to television.

Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad in NBC's Hairspray Live!
Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad and Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live!
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NBC’s rebroadcast of Hairspray Live! will air tonight, Monday, December 26, 8pm-11pm ET. The performance was originally presented December 7 live from the Universal Studio lot in California.

With a Tony-winning score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a Tony-winning book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight Baltimore teen with dreams of landing a spot on a TV dance show and bringing racial integration with her. The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2002, is based on the 1988 film by John Waters.

Maddie Baillio leads the cast of the live TV production as Tracy Turnblad, alongside original Broadway Tony winner Harvey Fierstein reprising his performance as Edna, Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky), Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Little Inez), Rosie O’Donnell (Gym Teacher), and Billy Eichner (Rob Barker).