Hairspray Live! Promo: Watch First Footage of NBC's Next Big Musical

Good morning afternoon, Baltimore.

NBC on Friday released the first promo for Hairspray Live! — airing on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c — giving us our first official look at the production’s cast in action.

Newcomer Maddie Baillio stars as Tracy Turnblad, a rhythmic young Baltimore resident who uses her curves and cunning to break down social barriers in 1960s Baltimore — much to the initial chagrin of her mother, played by Harvey Fierstein (who originated the role on Broadway in 2002).

NBC’s production also stars Ariana Grande (Scream Queens) as Tracy’s BFF Penny, Andrea Martin (Difficult People) as Penny’s mom Prudy, Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie) as local TV star Link Larkin, Jennifer Hudson (Smash) as record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods) as evil pageant queen Velma Von Tussle, Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) as Velma’s daughter Amber, Derek Hough (Dancing With the Stars) as TV host Corny Collins, Martin Short (Maya & Marty) as Penny’s dad Wilbur, Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) as dress shop owner Mr. Pinky and Rosie O’Donnell (The Fosters) as a gym teacher.

Hit PLAY on the promo above, then drop a comment with your thoughts below: Are you pumped for Hairspray Live?

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13 Comments
  1. MattySi says:

    No news yet on who is playing Seaweed?

  2. Emily says:

    It’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s happy. I’m satisfied. But seriously, WHO is playing Seaweed? This is getting frankly ridiculous.

  3. LADY_in_MD says:

    Can’t they get Elijah Kelley to play Seaweed? I liked him in the movie

    • MattySi says:

      I was hoping for Todrick Hall but he’ll be on Broadway in a couple months is probably isn’t available. I don’t think they would cast Elijah because they had him in The Wiz.

      • Sal says:

        I completely agree with that statement. They’ll bring in people who haven’t been in an NBC production and are also wildly popular now in the family friendly business: such as Disney Channel… They already have three stars from that business casted… Should we expect more?!

        • MattySi says:

          The only other person I can think of would be Jordan Fisher. He was in Grease but that was on FOX. It would be funny if he was cast since he worked with Dove on Liv and Maddie whom previously worked with Kristin Chenoweth on Disney’s Descendants.
          Oh! Frank Ocean is in the news right now. Maybe they’ll cast him.

          • Sal says:

            You totally read my mind before I fell asleep last night! Lol! Obviously, based on his acting on Liv and Maddie and his singing on Grease Live! he can do what is ask… However, I don’t think he and Ariana will have the chemistry that Seaweed and Penny have… That’s why my second though was Ariana’s Victorious coworker Leon Thomas… I believe they’ve both sang for the show’s album…

      • LADY_in_MD says:

        Oh yea I totally forgot he was in the Wiz

    • Kaci says:

      that would be AMAZING. ughh elijah yess

  4. Wendy says:

    I still think Ariana Grande would have made a better Amber then Penny. Even in the promo she seems to have too much confidence to really pull off awkward Penny.

  5. mc says:

    Who’s playing Seaweed? And Little Inez?
    And I’m still not sure about Derek Hough, but OK

  6. MattySi says:

    Also, for the record, Jennifer Hudson hair looks horrendous if it’s going to be like it is in the promos. That hairline is way too far back.

  7. Kaci says:

    where’s seaweed…. -__-