Two weeks before NBC officially lifts the curtain on Hairspray Live!, the cast is giving eager fans a peek behind the scenes.
NBC on Monday released a new promo for the Dec. 7 event, featuring the first footage of the cast — which includes newcomer Maddie Baillio as dancing queen Tracy Turnblad — performing some of the musical’s biggest numbers.
The Tony Award-winning musical, which ran on Broadway from 2002 to 2009, takes place in 1960s Baltimore, where a rhythmic young woman (Baillio) uses her curves and cunning to fight racism and break down social barriers.
Additional cast members include Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie) as local TV star Link Larkin, Jennifer Hudson (Smash) as record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods) as evil pageant queen Velma Von Tussle, Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) as Velma’s daughter Amber, Derek Hough (Dancing With the Stars) as TV host Corny Collins, Harvey Fierstein as Tracy’s mom Edna, Martin Short (Maya & Marty) as Tracy’s dad Wilbur, Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) as dress shop owner Mr. Pinky and Rosie O’Donnell (When We Rise) as a gym teacher.
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Launch Gallery: <i>Hairspray Live!</i> Photos