Welcome to the 60s — again
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