Thursday, November 24, 2016

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Hairspray Live

Can't say I love Hairspray as a show, but NBC's live shows have been improving as they go, so this show could be fun.  It has an interesting cast with Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey Fierstein surprising nobody with their roles, picking an unknown for Tracy (which is becoming a tradition now it seems) and returning Ariana Grande to her Broadway roots as Penny Pingleton.  I'd like to say that this show is more than it's cast...but I'm not sure that's really true.  This performance confirmed that what we're going to see on December 7th is the exact same Hairspray that your high school did, just with some more famous people.  I thought this performance was alright.  They chose the obvious number and didn't even transfer it to the square and just performed it on the set (which honestly didn't add anything.  But perhaps they feared if they hadn't don'e that, people wouldn't be able to differentiate this from the time the original cast performed You Can't Stop the beat on the star in 2002, or the time the movie cast performed You Cant Stop The Beat on a float in 2007).  If anybody got any new information about this show from this performance, it must be because they've never even heard of the show.  This production played it safe, and while I'm a bit disappointed, I'm not particularly surprised.

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