The 2016 production of Hairspray will be made available to UK audiences for 48 hours through Universal’s The Shows Must Go On series.

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The television special version of Hairspray will be the next show to feature in the Shows Must Go On series, streaming from Friday 29th May and available to UK audiences for two days after.

Following on from last week’s The Sound of Music, this 2016 production of Hairspray stars Maddie Baillio, Billy Eichner,  Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein and Ariana Grande.

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is 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 colourful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”

Featuring music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Hairspray includes songs such as ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, ‘Without Love’ and ‘Welcome to the 60’s’. This production also features choreography by Jerry Mitchell.

Hairspray Live will be available to watch through The Shows Must Go On from Friday 29th May.


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