Hairspray Live! You Can’t Stop the Beat (Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance)

This video ran during the parade. The song starts at about 1:15.

It looks fantastic!!

There’s nothing we don’t love about this performance. The cast all seem to fit, in the brief moments we get with them. Standouts are Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Mabel, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, and Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton. But where’s Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad? We do get a glimpse of him in the teaser trailer released earlier in the week.

The costumes and choreography also stand out. Everyone looks shiny and gorgeous, showing off their moves and their outfits. Jennifer Hudson owns the place, as always. Seaweed, Linc and Corny all pull off looking and moving like heartthrobs. Tracy and Linc share a sweet kiss that has me totally believing they are innocents in love.

The Live! TV musicals of the last few years have been hit or miss. Last winter’s Grease Live! (FOX) and The Wiz Live! were both fabulous. The Sound of Music was middling, and Peter Pan, well, I’m sure they had good intentions. This fall’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake on FOX was okay (and wasn’t live). Some of it worked and seemed fresh, some of it is better left unmentioned.

With Harvey Fierstein, the original Edna Turnblad, reprising his role and writing the teleplay, odds are good Hairspray Live! will live up to its hype. I’m so excited to see it and find out!

Hairspray Live! airs Wednesday, December 7th on NBC.

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