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Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!

The cast and creative team for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! met with the press in Los Angeles, CA yesterday, including our own Richie Ridge (check out Richie's exclusive photos from the set HERE!). The highly-anticipated broadcast airs Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and will originate from LA. Check out photos from yesterday's event below!

The all-star cast will feature newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Andrea Martin as Prudy Singleton and Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle. Rosie O'Donnell and Sean Hayes will also make special appearances in the broadcast.

Live television director Alex Rudzinski will join director Kenny Leon ("The Wiz Live!"). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the upcoming "A Few Good Men Live!") serve as executive producers of "Hairspray Live!" Harvey Fierstein will provide a new teleplay and Jerry Mitchell ("Kinky Boots," "On Your Feet") will serve as choreographer for the live production with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Smash" and Broadway's upcoming "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Derek McLane serves as production designer.

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, "Hairspray Live!" takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on "The Corny Collins Show," a local TV program. When, against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy's mother is the indomitable Edna Turnblad, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white "Corny Collins Show."

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Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Kristin Chenoweth -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Martin Short -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Harvey Fierstein -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Garrett Clayton -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Ephraim Sykes -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Shahadi Wright Joseph -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Kenny Leon, Director/Producer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Billy Eichner -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Paul Vogt -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Derek McLane, Production Designer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Maddie Baillio -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Jennifer Hudson -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Pictured: (l-r) Dave Karger, Moderator; Kenny Leon, Director/Producer; Derek McLane, Production Designer; Craig Zadan, Executive Producer; Harvey Fierstein, Teleplay; Neil Meron, Executive Producer; Jerry Mitchell, Choreographer/Associate Producer; Alex Rudzinksi, Co-Executive Producer/Line Television Producer; Mary Vogt, Costume Designer -- (Photo by: Michael Desmond/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Dove Cameron -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Martin Short -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Harvey Fierstein -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Shahadi Wright Joseph, Jennifer Hudson, Ephraim Sykes -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Dove Cameron -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Derek Hough -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Pictured: (l-r) Back Row: Dave Karger, Moderator; Derek McLane, Production Designer; Harvey Fierstein, Jerry Mitchell, Choreographer / Associate Producer; Mary Vogt, Costume Designer; Front Row: Kenny Leon, Director / Producer; Craig Zadan, Executive Producer; Neil Meron, Executive Producer; Alex Rudzinski, Co-Executive Producer / Live Television Director -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!

Pictured: (l-r) top row; Jerry Mitchell, Choreographer, Associate Producer; Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment; Alex Rudzinski, Co-Executive Producer, Live Television Director; Dave Karger, Moderator; bottom row; Mary Vogt, Costume Designer; Harvey Fierstein, Teleplay, "Edna Turnblad"; Kenny Leon, Director, Producer; Derek McLane, Production Designer; Neil Meron, Executive Producer; Craig Zadan, Executive Producer -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!

Pictured: (l-r) Harvey Fierstein, Teleplay, "Edna Turnblad"; Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment - (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)



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