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Hairspray Live! Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 8, 2016
In throwing back to the 1960s, Hairspray Live! offered a glimpse of a better future.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 8, 2016
All in all, it wasn't an unpleasant revisiting of a great musical; it just wasn't a particularly coherent or revelatory one. Now someone just needs to mount a Broadway revival and cast Ms. Hudson in it.
December 8, 2016
Hairspray Live! in the main was genuinely entertaining, even amid some messy moments of a huge production that seemed to be striving for a lot of different emotions all at once.
December 8, 2016
A frothy adaptation of the movie-turned-stage presentation that frequently burst with infectious energy.
December 8, 2016
I just am unsure the story of a white girl who finds her inner strength through learning about black culture and using it to win a white-run dance contest is as inspiring as everyone put their efforts into convincing me it is.
December 8, 2016
Cranks like me couldn't stop the beat. And it's a good thing, too. NBC's Hairspray Live! was, after a rocky start, as bright and spirited as the Peacock's tail feathers.
December 8, 2016
Given such riches, it's truly difficult to single out the best performances.
Top Critic
December 8, 2016
NBC promised the most lavish live TV musical ever, spread across a couple of Universal lots. But instead, this often felt like some of those million-plus high school productions: crimped, dark, confined and spread across a few school stages.
December 8, 2016
In staying relentlessly upbeat and allowing its stars to shine, Hairspray Live! offered a reminder that onstage, love always triumphs in one way or another.
December 8, 2016
Brimming with great songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, opened up and spread out by directors Alex Rudzinski and Kenny Leon, this latest live NBC musical from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron was their best, most entertaining work yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 8, 2016
NBC's Hairspray Live! lacked the extra-strength hold of its predecessors, but didn't fall completely flat thanks to outstanding performances by some of its more seasoned stars.