NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

The musical, while taking place during the 1960s, deals heavily with themes still very relevant today including race relations and body image.

The star-studded cast includes Harvey Fierstein (who won the Tony Award for his role when the show debuted on Broadway in 2002), Martin Short, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and Derek Hough.

Check out the just released trailer for the upcoming live event.

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