Hairspray Live! Reviews

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December 14, 2016
There may have been enough aerosol spray to burn off the rest of our ozone layer, but Wednesday's ambitious live version of the musical Hairspray on NBC was worth the environmental damage. It was light and fun and soon had you stuck.
December 9, 2016
Listen: Any day we get to see Harvey Fierstein performing in full drag on network television is a good goddamn day in America.
December 8, 2016
There was a lot to enjoy, but also so many wrong-headed choices as to make viewers sometimes wonder exactly why we were bothering.
December 8, 2016
The problem with delivering that timely message here was the absence of a star capable of selling Tracy's irrepressible spirit.
December 8, 2016
Credit the show for its timeliness -- and for getting more clever, or maybe just less abashedly decadent, as it went along.
December 8, 2016
In throwing back to the 1960s, Hairspray Live! offered a glimpse of a better future.
March 7, 2018
[Jennifer Hudson] is the sole star.
December 9, 2016
This is an impressive, jubilant production of a story that's rich in messages about diversity, inclusion, and loving yourself.
December 9, 2016
Well! That was something. NBC's Hairspray Live! didn't just raise the bar for live TV musicals -- it bedazzled it, twirled it around and threw it up in the air while doing cartwheels.
December 9, 2016
A lot of people tune into live musicals to hate watch (ahem, looking at you Sound of Music), but Hairspray Live! totally nailed it thanks to Hudson and Grande.
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