‘Hairspray Live!’ Cast 2016 on NBC: Meet the Performers

'Hairspray Live!' Cast 2016

The 2016 live production of Hairspray Live! on NBC airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a star-studded cast, along with a fresh face as the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. The official NBC synopsis of the live musical describes the event as this: [The show] 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 colorful 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.” As the show airs, more footage, behind-the-scenes coverage and spontaneous pics will be available online. You can search for videos and photos on social media by using the hashtag #HairsprayLive. You can also check out the show's official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Now that you've got the rundown on the production, click through our gallery to meet the cast. (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC)

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