- The show hasn’t aired yet and many media go on and write about it in the best way! Today, New York Post has a beautiful feature about it. You can read an excerpt of it below, but click the link for the whole article. Great insight from director Kenny Leon.
Derek Hough, who plays Corny Collins, joined the cast after hearing positive reports about working on “Grease Live!” from his sister, Julianne, who played Sandy. A dancer since age 10, Hough had special panels called gussets sewn into his suits to allow for greater movement in the armpits and the crotch. He also asked for a “wet dance towel” to be kept on the side of the stage to dampen the soles of his shoes. “I step on that towel before I go on stage. It gives me greater traction,” he says.
Educating the cast, most of which was born well after the racially charged 1960s, became the job of co-director Kenny Leon, who directed a production of “A Raisin in the Sun” for ABC in 2008.
“As a company, we watched a video about that time where white dancers were doing the Twist and the Watusi and the Shoefly,” Hough says. “And they were saying they stole them from the black community, danced them on TV and got the credit for it,” Hough says..
[…]“The first day of table read, we’re stumbling through our lines,” Hough says, “but Maddie was in full performance mode from day one.”
- Time off Magazine also dedicates a page on its current issue (December 12, 2016) about the show. You can read it below…
- E Online talked to the costume designer of the show, Mary Vogt, who says how the actors get involved with their characters’ costumes. She herself asked them for their suggestions and encouraged them to speak up about any changes they would like to see. Being on Dancing with the Stars for years, Derek has experience with costume designing, especially for dance clothes. Below the excerpt of Derek’s involvement, but be sure to read Vogt’s great full interview.
The most involved, of course, was Harvey Fierstein, who made the role of Edna Turnblad famous on Broadway, who Vogt said she “always sent sketches to first,” as well as Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough, who “knows absolutely everything about dance clothes,” and even has his own tailor he’s worked with for years.
And Vogt even put Hough, who plays dance show host Corny Collins, to work in order to test the durability of the male dancers’ pants, asking to “try and rip his suits,” hoping to avoid any live wardrobe malfunctions. “We don’t want to be embarrassed,” she said with a laugh.
- You can also click the gallery here to read and learn everything about Hairspray Live’s colorful costumes. Below the part about Corny Collins:
“[Derek]’s just a doll and he knows absolutely everything about dance clothes. […] I learned a lot from him about what works for a dancer. He has all these tricks.”
For his role as Corny Collins, the cocky dance show host, “A lot of his clothes are metallic stretch,” and they “used his tailor” that he’s worked with for years that specifically makes dance clothes, Vogt revealed. “His suits are really like an Olympic gymnast outfit, so they’re really made very special to him and he’s very specific.”
- Another article, this time from Daily Online for the set designer Derek McLane and how he brought the whole set of Hairspray Live! into life.
[McLane] is a Broadway fixture — a Tony Award-winner who crafted the scenery for such recent shows as “Beautiful,” ”China Doll” and a lot of sturdy doors for “Noises Off” — who found his skills translated to live TV. In addition to the Oscars, he’s designed the sets for “The Wiz Live!,” ”Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!”
“It’s very different in some ways, but in other ways, it’s really not,” he said during a tour of his midtown Manhattan studio. “We’re still telling stories and all of these stories happen to be based on Broadway shows.” […]
[…] For “Hairspray Live!” McLane is transforming nondescript fake store fronts in Universal’s backlot in Hollywood into 1960s-era Baltimore. Adding to the pressure is that 40 percent of the show will be filmed outside. “It’s definitely risky. But it’s also so much more, I think, exciting,” he said.”