UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC’s Hairspray Live! is the most ambitious contender yet.
It’s got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.