Sorry, little darlin’. Hope I didn’t dent your ’do. -Link Larkin
Tonight, NBC will air the live musical event that everyone's been waiting for. Hairspray Live!
is here, and will be directed by Kenny Leon, the same man who directed The Wiz Live!
. Leon recently told Vanity Fair
, "It takes the best of theater, the best of film, the best of television, and creates something completely new. The key is to get all of the ensemble to be in the same storytelling mode.” The show features big name stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein, and and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnbland. Fans of the 2007 film will be happy to know that two songs written specifically for the movie -- Ladies' Choice
and Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)
will be part of tonight's live broadcast. Hairspray Live!
will even utilize real audience members and treat them just like Baltimore locals are part of The Corny Collins Show. NBC chairman Robert Greeblatt tells Playbill
, "They’ll be inside the story as opposed to just bystanders..." Former Nickelodeon Star turned pop star, Ariana Grande, is excited to be part of the action, and announced her involvement in the production in July, adding on that she'd likely "pass out"
at the table read. The live event will be filmed on the the Universal lot, and parts of the back lot will even be used for exterior shots and musical numbers. Click through our gallery to check out some of the best quotes from the original Broadway show, and all adaptations of the play. (NBC)