NBC has announced the premiere date for its next live musical.
"Hairspray Live" will air on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at
8 PM ET/PT.
The network also announced details about the team behind the
newest installment in NBC's annual television musical extravaganza.
“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,’” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “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."
They join original songwriters Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman. Harvey Fierstein, who won a Tony in 2003 for playing Edna in the original Broadway production, is
writing the teleplay.
-- Jolie Lash