Hairspray Live! First Full Cast Photo: Opinions

Posted on October 20, 2016

We  had a total brain fart when this fell into our laps this morning, confusing it momentarily for the Rocky Horror Picture Show redux that’s coming our way tonight. We couldn’t, for the life of us, understand why everyone looked so bright and shiny.

But this is not the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to our relief, because we were about to become outraged at the totally off-model costume design.  In our defense, we feel we can’t be blamed for getting all of these scrubbed-clean, network TV theater nerd extravaganzas mixed up. They do start to all look alike after a while.

Anyway, here they are, Baltimore’s finest of 1962:

Back row: Ephraim Skyes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle
Middle row: Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle
Front row: Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez, Derek Hough as Corny Collins

Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad and Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad


We thought that was the worst Dr. Frank-N-Furter we’ve ever seen before the coffee kicked in.

Bitchery and confusion aside, costume designer Mary Vogt did a bang-up job here. The cast looks great. But we have to wonder if these musical extravaganzas are going to start having diminishing returns. For every Grease Live, there’s a Peter Pan Live, after all.


Hairspray Live! will air on Wednesday, December 7 on NBC (8-11 p.m. ET)

[Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC]

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