Runaway Hairspray

“Slickly produced to the point of corporate blandness, the three-hour telecast featured generally well-mounted selections from the five nominated musicals and two youth-market swatches of ‘Def Poetry Jam,’ winner of best special theatrical event. The show also sold Broadway artistry short by consigning the design awards, including best scenic design and lighting for ‘La Boheme,’ to brief tape-delayed snippets.”