NBC Brings on Heavy Hitters for Its Live Version of the Musical ‘Hairspray’

Feb 19, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Some of Broadway’s heaviest hitters are on board for NBC’s musical production “Hairspray Live,” on track to air in December. The network announced an all-star creative team, with director Kenny Leon, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and script adaptor Harvey Fierstein joining original songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman in the lineup.

The network announced Wednesday, Dec. 7, as the airdate, with the production to bow at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment: “In keeping with our desire to bring the best of Broadway to our live musicals, we’ve assembled the Broadway dream team of Tony Award winners for ‘Hairspray Live.’ We’re thrilled to have director Kenny Leon, who knocked ‘The Wiz Live’ way out of the park, and Jerry Mitchell, the original choreographer of ‘Hairspray’ and who is the director of two smash hit musicals running on Broadway right now.”

Greenblatt added: “We also have one of the most celebrated Broadway hyphenates, Harvey Fierstein, back writing the adaptation for TV. No one knows ‘Hairspray’ better than him since he played the role of Edna Turnblad more than a thousand times and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Along with our incredible producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and arguably the best songwriting team in musicals, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, ‘Hairspray Live’ is in the best possible hands.”

The NBC announcement adds: “Kenny Leon is a Tony Award-winning Broadway director who received raves for his work on NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live.’ His 2014 Broadway credits include hip-hop musical ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ and the revival of ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ which starred Denzel Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Sophie Okonedo and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and earned Leon a Tony for Best Director.”

The cast for “Hairspray Live” has not yet been announced.

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