Headlines: Hairspray Live! Airs Tonight

American Idol Pals on the Set of Hairspray Live

Is Tonight – and Here’s Just How Tough It Is to Get Those Costumes Perfect – And although you might recognize a few similarities to costumes in the past (the bright colors! the ’60s silhouettes!), Mary Vogt, the costume designer for this production, said designing looks for a live TV broadcast is unlike any previous iterations. “It’s not like in a play where you’re seeing things from a distance,” said Vogt, who’s worked on costume design in everything from Men In Black to Fantastic 4. “This is a heightened sense of reality. Everything is a little turned up.” – Read more at People

NBC’s Hairspray Live! Could Be the First Live Musical That Matters – Eleven months later, with Hairspray Live! set to debut Wednesday night on NBC, the phenomenon that John Waters built seems like an even more astute, timely choice. With the nation at a more blatantly turbulent moment than it’s seen since, well, possibly the 1960s, Hairspray may not play like a throwback at all. Instead, it could come across as of-the-moment cultural commentary. The people involved in bringing the show to televised life seem well aware of that fact. “It’s the kind of musical that our country needs right now,” director Kenny Leon said in an L.A. Times feature about the production. – Read more at Vulture.com

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