Hairspray Live Gets a Premiere Date: NBC Musical to Air in December

Hairspray Live Premiere Date

Corny Collins has just under 10 months to get his studio up to code.

NBC on Thursday announced that its next live musical — a production of Hairspray — will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c.

Additionally, Harvey Fierstein — who won a Tony Award in 2003 for playing the role of Edna Turnblad — has joined the team to write the teleplay, along with director Kenny Leon and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Fierstein previously wrote the teleplay for NBC’s The Wiz Live.

They join the pre-established producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

For those unfamiliar with Hairspray, it tells the story of a plus-sized teen named Tracy Turnblad who challenges the status quo of 1960s Baltimore by sashaying her way onto a local TV dance show and standing up against racial inequality. Hairspray was conceived in 1988 as a John Waters film, then adapted into a Broadway musical in 2002. A film version of the musical, starring the likes of John Travolta (pictured) and Zac Efron, was released in 2007.

No casting decisions have been made — or at least announced — yet, so drop your best suggestions in a comment below.

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