Wel­come to the 60s — again

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Hair­spray Live!

The pub­lic broad­caster has picked up Hair­spray Live!, the hit pop Broad­way mu­si­cal that so vi­brantly cap­tures the so­cial dis­or­der of the 1960s. It ar­rives here just days af­ter the mu­si­cal is broad­cast live in the US — a rare event these days.

The stage-to-TV-screen mu­si­cal is orig­i­nally based on John Wa­ters’s 1988 cult film romantic com­edy, and has trans­formed through the years into a crit­i­cally ac­claimed Broad­way mu­si­cal and hit re­make of the movie in 2007.

Filmed in Los An­ge­les in front of a stu­dio au­di­ence, the mu­si­cal will fea­ture the songs and char­ac­ters from the orig­i­nal film. It stars Jen­nifer Hud­son (Mo­tor­mouth May­belle), Ari­ana Grande (Penny Pin­gle­ton), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tus­sle), Martin Short (Wil­bur Turn­blad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Rosie O’Don­nell (as the Health Ed teacher), and Har­vey Fier­stein (as Edna Turn­blad). Hair­spray Live!

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers with live TV di­rec­tor Alex Rudzin­ski join­ing Tony award-win­ning di­rec­tor Kenny Leon ( The Wiz Live!). Fier­stein pro­vides a new tele­play and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell ( Kinky Boots) is chore­og­ra­pher for the live pro­duc­tion with mu­sic and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Smash and the up­com­ing Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory).

The show tells the story of a plump Baltimore teenager, Tracy Turn­blad (Mad­die Bail­lio), and her am­bi­tion to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a lo­cal TV pro­gram. When, against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show, she be­comes a celebrity overnight and meets a di­verse bunch of char­ac­ters. Her mother (Fier­stein’s Edna) en­cour­ages Tracy on her cam­paign to in­te­grate the all-white Corny Collins Show. Satur­day, 7.30pm, SBS One.

Mad­die Bail­lio as Tracy and Gar­rett Clay­ton as Link, cen­tre, in the vi­brant

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