NBC’s latest live musical “Hairspray
Live” will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the network announced today.
Much of the original stage production’s creative team will return for NBC’s live televised special.
Along with previously announced exec producers Craig Zadan
and Neil Meron
, Kenny Leon
, who most recently directed “The Wiz Live” for the network, has been tapped to direct. Original “Hairspray
” choreographer Jerry Mitchell
is on board to choreograph, and Harvey Fierstein
, who played the role of Edna in the stage musical, will write the script adaptation. Original “Hairspray
” songwriters Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman
are also back for NBC’s next TV musical.
Live” marks the fourth television musical event for NBC, coming after this past December’s “The Wiz Live,” which followed the net’s first special “Sound of Music Live” in 2013 and then “Peter Pan Live” in 2014. Fox recently got into the game with “Grease
Live” this January.