Hairspray Live! This Isn’t Just A Moment, It’s A Movement – from Fierstein, Hough, Chenoweth & More!By Delaina Dixon | December 7, 2016 | Entertainment
Yes Divas, tonight’s the night! Hairspray Live! is on this evening on NBC, and we can hardly hold on to our beehives.
TV DivaGal visited the set in Los Angeles and spoke to the cast. Check out what some of our fave Broadway alum had to say about this show, and why its message of unity has never been needed more than it is today.
HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Edna Turnblad) on being kind to our fellow man. “Can I stand up for political correctness just for a second?┬á Because it gets such a bad rap.┬á Is there really something wrong with before shooting off your mouth, stopping and saying, ‘Am I going to hurt somebody’s feelings that I don’t mean to hurt?’┬á┬áIt is really such a terrible thing to have somebody else’s feelings in your heart before you shoot off your mouth?┬á That’s what political correctness is.”
KRISTIN CHENOWETH (Velma Von Tussle) on how the younger generation always takes a stand. “One of things I admire about [the millennial] generation is they are so not afraid to say their opinion. I see it on Facebook, I see on Twitter: ΓÇÿDo You and Be You.ΓÇÖ I think one of the biggest messages this musical has ΓÇô especially with Penny and Tracy ΓÇô they are just being them. What a great message to send. Yes, this is set in 1962, and here we still are people. Our message is going to be hope, especially with the music, and joy. And that will be contagious.”
DEREK HOUGH (Corny Collins) on what he learned from his sister Julianne Hough, who starred in Grease Live! “What I got back from all the cast and crew, not only that she was amazing and incredible, but that she was the kindest person to everybody. When she left the set she would say, ‘I hope your kids are doing good with hockey,’ whether it was the director or a P.A., she was just so kind to everybody and I was proud of that. So for me, sheΓÇÖs an amazing example.”
ANDREA MARTIN (Prudy Pingleton) on how the song “Good Morning Baltimore” is an anthem. “I was dropping out my older boy at college when [the musical] first came out. We had this song on, and it’s just such a big optimistic song. I started crying thinking about the life that’s ahead of him. I think that song is really magical maybe for disenfranchised kids that don’t have a place, and after they hear that song, they think, ‘I’m going to make this happen for me,’ and sung by that little Tracy, I think it’s a really powerful way to start the musical.”
MARTIN SHORT (Wilbur Turnblad) on how history has changed beforeΓÇª and how weΓÇÖll survive it. ΓÇ£The offshoots of the Internet and a lot of texting, as opposed to reading newspapers, is that millennials didnΓÇÖt vote. And without the realization that by not voting, our Supreme Court has changed and a lot of things will change in their lives because they didnΓÇÖt vote, I predict in four years they will vote. We are now in a political time with people who are blatantly on the wrong side of history. As weΓÇÖll see people on the right side of history. And thatΓÇÖs what this play is about. Therefore itΓÇÖs more timely than ever and very profound ΓÇª Like 1962, this is beginning of a very challenging time, where it feels right is not going to be realized right now. But America traditionally has taken that fact and fought for whatΓÇÖs right, and cream rises to the top.ΓÇ¥
Hairspray Live! airs tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. for a pre-show special, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes.