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‘Hairspray Live’: ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ Performance Offers Detailed First Look – Watch

The musical event airs Wednesday, December 7 on NBC.

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“Hairspray Live!”


NBC’s live musical event “Hairspray Live!” is less than two weeks away and during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fans got a special preview of what’s to come.

From the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles, the “Hairspray Live!” cast performed the iconic “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and showed off their snazzy dance moves and ’60s style. The all-star performance included Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio, among others.

To top it off, an exciting promo filled with new scenes was also released on Thanksgiving Day.

READ MORE: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Teaser: Watch The Star-Studded Cast Shake and Shimmy to the Beat

The show is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and takes place in 1962 Baltimore. The story centers around teenager Tracy Turnblad (Baillio) who dreams of dancing on the local TV program “The Corny Collins Show.” When, against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters. The live musical event also includes special guest appearances by Sean Hayes, Billy Eichner, Rosie O’Donnell and Andrea Martin.

“Hairspray Live!” airs Wednesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Watch the “You Can’t Stop the Beat” performance below.


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