Neil Meron and Craig Zadan talk to showbiz junkies about the cast and production of the upcoming NBC’s Hairspray Live!
Below are the opening part and the part about Derek playing Corny Collins. For the entire article check showbiz junkies‘s site.
Hairspray Live! executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have been involved in all of NBC’s live musical productions. The producing team has learned important lessons while working on televised live musical events, including not to be daunted by the live aspect of the production. Meron and Zadan also produced the 2007 Hairspray film starring John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, and Amanda Bynes, so they’re not only veterans at live televised musicals, they’re also very familiar with this particular musical.
The cast of Hairspray Live! is led by newcomer Maddie Baillio and includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, and Derek Hough. NBC’s Hairspray Live!will air on December 7, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT and as rehearsals are getting underway, Meron and Zadan teamed up for a conference call to discuss the popular musical, their cast, and what fans of the movie and Broadway musical can expect from this live television event.
What’s it been like working with Derek Hough as Corny Collins?
Neil Meron: “Derek is, you know, what you see is what you get. You get somebody that first of all is one of the best dancers in the world, totally charming, totally eager, has a depth of talent, always cooperative, always there. But speaking about talent, it’s also our privilege and honor to have Harvey Fierstein kind of like preserve his iconic performance from Broadway. It’s something that we are thrilled to be able to do. His performance is so strong that it should be preserved and we’re glad to be able to do it.”