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Hairspray Live! musical to be streamed for free

The show stars Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Dove Cameron

The cast of Hairspray Live!
The cast of Hairspray Live!
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The Emmy Award-winning 2016 production of Hairspray will be streamed for free on Friday as part of The Shows Must Go On series.

The piece, which stars Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Eichner, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Martin Short and Ariana Grande, will be available from this Friday (29 May) for 48 hours.

It was originally broadcast on American television network NBC on December 7, 2016, with a viewership of over nine million viewers. It was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning three.

Hairspray the Musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name, which starred Divine and Ricki Lake. It originally opened in 2002 on Broadway and won eight Tony Awards, with songs such as "You Can't Stop the Beat", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" and "Good Morning Baltimore". The original London production in 2008 won four Olivier Awards.

Tune back in here on Friday at 7pm BST to watch the show – it will now available in the US as well.

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