Kristyn Burtt talked to Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Mitchell from Hairspray Live! and wrote a very beautiful blog about the show, the choreography and more. Be sure to check The Barretender to read the whole thing. Below is what Harvey and Jerry said about Derek. Really love it!
Thank you Kristyn!!
When it comes to dance experts, Dancing With the Stars fans are most looking forward to Hough’s appearance as host Corny Collins. He will have four major segments with The Corny Collins Show, which will also incorporate a live studio audience for the teen-dance show within Hairspray Live.
“Derek is amazing. He comes in full out, he learns it quicker than anybody else and then he gives it right back to you,” raves Mitchell. “He’s never once in all of our rehearsals said, ‘Oh, I don’t like that step, can I try this instead?’ He’s been unbelievable. He’s a super talent and a super sweet man. I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with that man.”
The show is sticking close to the Broadway version, but they added the song “Ladies Choice” from the 2007 movie remake because of Hough’s talents.
“Because of Derek Hough, Jerry wanted to use a song that was in the movie called “Ladies Choice” because it’s a dance number and it would allow Derek to really dance,” explains Fierstein.
The one thing Mitchell is being cautious about when it comes to the dance numbers is protecting the young dancers’ bodies.