NBC's "Hairspray Live!" on the Big Screen
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, NBC’s "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 played by Jennifer Hudson. Tracy's mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white "Corny Collins Show."
The live broadcast will be preceded at 6pm by a screening of "Steve’s Show," a documentary written, produced and directed by “Steverino” Sandra Hubbard about Little Rock, Arkansas's own live dance party show hosted by Steve Stephens that aired from 1957 to 1961. The “Steve’s Show” documentary is 48 minutes long. The live broadcast of “Hairspray Live!” is from 7pm to 10pm. Participants can make free reservations for either or both shows.
Admission is free, however, reservations for BOTH screenings should be made in advance to guarantee a seat. Participants need to make a reservation for each screening that they wish to intend at Eventbrite: Anyone needing assistance to making a reservation, should contact the National Historic Site at 501.374.1957.