Hairspray Live!: Watch online

Still from the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade preview of Hairspray Live! Image via NBC.
Still from the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade preview of Hairspray Live! Image via NBC. /

Hairspray! Live will dominate NBC’s Wednesday night block as a special holiday event. When does it start, and where can you find NBC’s live stream?

Does “You Can’t Stop the Beat” bring memories of singing about shaking it on a Saturday night? Can you rattle off the entire cast of The Corny Collins Show as given in “The Nicest Kids in Town?” Then you may very well already know everything about Hairspray Live!, which NBC will air tonight to continue its series of live Broadway musicals. However, that doesn’t mean that the uninitiated among us (or the ones who just care about Link Larkin) wouldn’t also appreciate knowing a bit about the show before diving in tonight.

Hairspray Live tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a teenager in 1960s Baltimore who wins a role on a local TV show. Then, she takes up a campaign to integrate the TV show.

Below, check out a special performance preview of “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” which originally aired during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Yes, that’s Ariana Grande playing Penny Pingleton. The rest of the cast includes Ephraim Sykes in the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs, Penny’s love interest; Dancing with the Stars‘ Derek Hough as Corny Collins, host of The Corny Collins Show; Broadway alum Harvey Fierstein reprising his role as Edna Turnblad; Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle; and Wicked legend Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle. Additionally, Martin Short will play Tracy’s dad, Wilbur. Finally, Maddie Baillio will debut as Tracy Turnblad herself.

Here’s the information to tune in.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 7
Start time: 8 p.m. EST
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBC’s official live stream

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Great songs to keep an eye out for include “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Maybelle, which comes near the end of the show. “Good Morning Baltimore” will open the entire show, so it might be a litmus test. Finally, “Run and Tell That!” and “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” will help close out the first act.