Did 'Hairspray Live' live up to the hype? | The Tylt
Did 'Hairspray Live' live up to the hype?
"Hairspray Live" was a huge production, but TV junkies are split on whether or not the musical was a powerhouse hit or a lackluster. While some of the performances and numbers have been praised, technical difficulties and unnecessary fluff were cited as the show's major failures.
1. “The Nicest Kids in Town”/”You Can’t Stop the Beat” 2. Extra Dance Breaks 3. JHUD (performance) 4. The Costumes 5. Standout performances
The New York Times wrote the live musical had some standout moments, but ultimately lacked power. The massive production added unnecessary behind-the-scenes footage, awkward peeks into audience watch parties and former "Glee" star Darren Criss as the commercial-break host.