Kenny Leon, Jerry Mitchell and Harvey Fierstein Will Bring Hairspray to Life for NBC

News   Kenny Leon, Jerry Mitchell and Harvey Fierstein Will Bring Hairspray to Life for NBC A broadcast date has also been set for the live musical.
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Following the success of The Wiz Live, NBC has announced that its next musical production, Hairspray Live, will air Dec. 7 at 8 PM ET.

An all-star team of creatives has been assembled for the live broadcast, including director Kenny Leon, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and script adaptor Harvey Fierstein.

"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 Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment, 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."

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron produced all three of NBC’s recent holiday musicals — The Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live and The Wiz Live.

The cast for Hairspray Live will be announced at a later date.

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