NBC Sets Creative Team for 'Hairspray' Live


Released: July 20, 2007

Released in summer, Hairspray broke the record for biggest opening weekend for a movie musical on its way to grossing $202.5 million globally. The film adaptation of the Broadway musical (which in turn was based on John Waters' movie) starred Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michele Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow and Zac Efron.

NBC has formalized its creative team for its upcoming Hairspray Live.

The follow-up to The Wiz Live announced in January — will see Kenny Leon again return to direct the performance. He will be joined by Jerry Mitchell, who choreographed the original Broadway show, as well as Harvey Fierstein, who will pen the teleplay. Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman also will serve in the same capacity for NBC after winning a Tony and Grammy for their Broadway score.

As with all of NBC's live musicals, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the 2007 big-screen take on Hairspray, will oversee the TV production, which is set to air Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed PT).

"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,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said Thursday 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. 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."