Get out your aerosol cans and put on your best dancing shoes: Hairspray Live! has finally arrived.
NBC’s take on the musical pulled up the curtain Wednesday night for a live national audience, recreating the familiar images from the original John Waters film and stage production — with Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, and more filling out the cast for the pointed retro flashback about one teenage girl’s dream to integrate a popular dance show.
The show was bereft of major hiccups, which is always a plus for live productions. Its finale occurred on the Corny Collins Show in front of a live studio audience — who was completely into it.
Relive the best moments from the three-hour dance party below. Stay tuned for EW’s full review.
And we’re off!
Tracy loves Baltimore — she even sings about it.
Meet Corny Collins!
We all want what Edna and Wilbur have, right?
Parents will never, ever understand.
Velma Von Tussle isn’t even secretly mean: She’s straight-up mean.
She’s got moves though.
Love at first sight (from behind). Link is a dreamboat.
Detention doesn’t seem all that bad if you learn how to dance better.
Tracy then showed Corny her awesome moves.
And she made it on his show!
Her folks are so proud.
Fun fact: “Link” is the teenage lingo for “swoon.”
That was … unexpectedly aggressive.
In the ’60s, bra measurements happen in the streets.
“Welcome to the 60s,” where three Tracys look great and dance together.
No better time to court/dance than before PE class.
This isn’t the usual way to play dodgeball.
Look outside your window: amazing dancers are there.
Wake up. Jennifer Hudson is here as Miss Motormouth and is perfect.
Fight for everybody’s right to dance.
Truly: The Turnblads are aspirational.
Prison, where true feelings shine.
Everyone ‘ships Penny and Seaweed.
Still recovering from THAT inexplicably powerful Miss Motormouth performance.
Amber thinks she has Miss Teenage Hairspray locked up …
… but Tracy and Penny have something to say. Time for the finale!
Could there have been a better way to say goodnight with a different duo than these two? No way.