NBC sets premiere date for live 'Hairspray' musical
Tony Award winners Kenny Leon, Jerry Mitchell, and Harvey Fierstein to adapt musical along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
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NBC’s next stage-to-screen production, Hairspray Live!, is set to air Dec. 7.
Hairspray Live! will be NBC’s fourth live musical production, following last year’s successful adaptation of The Wiz, 2014’s Peter Pan, and 2013’s The Sound of Music.
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“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!,’” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement.
Kenny Leon, who directed The Wiz Live!, will be back to spearhead the new musical, along with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. They’ll be joined by several Hairspray alums, including choreographer Jerry Mitchell and script adaptor Harvey Fierstein, who also won a Tony for playing Edna Turnblad in the Broadway production.
Hairspray Live! debuts Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.