On April 27 2016, Broadway.com broke the news of Derek joining the cast on NBC’s Hairspray Live! as Corny Collins. The news was covered by lots of media, as expected 😉 Below, you can find articles surrounding the announcement of Derek being cast for Hairspray Live!
For more information about Hairspray Live!, pictures and videos, you can check out our main page about the show.
Don’t change that channel, because this casting is timeless to us! Derek Hough and Tony winner Martin Short are on board to star in NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The duo of Emmy winners will play Corny Collins and Wilbur Turnblad, respectively. They join the previously announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein, who take on the roles of Motormouth Maybelle and Edna Turnblad. The telecast is set for December 7 on the Peacock network.
“Martin Short and Derek Hough have signed on for the upcoming musical production, NBC announced Wednesday.
SNL alum Short will play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur, and Dancing With the Stars‘ Hough will step into the role of TV show host Corny Collins.
“(…) Hough, who broke out on Dancing With the Stars, has seen his acting credits rise with appearances on Jane the Virgin and Nashville, the latter which he is slated to return to next month.”
“NBC’s Hairspray Live has added Martin Short and Derek Hough to the cast, TheWrap has learned. And hands-down the best dancer on television and one of the best in the entertainment business, Derek Hough, will be perfect in the role of Corny Collins, the cocky song-and-dance-man who hosts the TV show every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on.”
“Hough and Short are joining headliners Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Tony recipient Harvey Fierstein, who is writing the teleplay for the production. Fierstein will portray Edna Turnblad in the Dec. 7 NBC production.”
“The former Dancing with the Stars pro and the comedy legend are the latest stars to join the cast of NBC’s next small-screen musical event, Hairspray Live!.
Hough, 30, will step into the shoes of TV host Corny Collins (a role originated by Clarke Thorell on Broadway and played by James Marsden in the 2007 film) and Short, 66, will play patriarch Wilbur Turnlad (Dick Latessa on Broadway and Christopher Walken in the film).
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore and follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, whose dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show ends up revolutionizing TV and changing her life.”
“Good morning, Martin Short and Derek Hough! The comedian and Dancing with the Stars alum have joined Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein as stars of NBC’s Hairspray Live!, the network announced Wednesday.”
“Broadway alums Martin Short (It’s Only a Play) and Derek Hough (Burn the Floor) join the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The event is set to air December 7 at 8pm. Short will take on the role of Wilbur Turnblad while Hough will play Corny Collins. Short and Hough join the previously announced Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.”
“Comedian Martin Short and “Dancing With the Stars” veteran Derek Hough have been cast in NBC’s live version of the musical “Hairspray.” Short and Hough join a cast that already includes Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson. Short will play Wilbur, loving husband to Fierstein’s Edna Turnblad. Hough will play Corny Collins, host of the local TV program “The Corny Collins Show.”
“That Hough with the good hair! Derek Hough is joining NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live! along with comedian Martin Short, the network announced on Thursday, April 28.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt: “We welcome Marty to the network in May in his new variety show with Maya Rudolph and we think he will be the perfect long-term companion to Harvey’s Edna. And hands-down the best dancer on television and one of the best in the entertainment business, Derek Hough, will be perfect in the role of Corny Collins, the cocky song-and-dance man who hosts the TV show every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on.”
Derek about Hairspray Live!: “I’m way excited! It’s such a great musical. The music’s incredible. The story’s amazing. It’s a lot of fun and the role is awesome too. […] The cast so far is amazing as well. It’s incredible. Harvey [Fierstein] and Martin Short and Jennifer Hudson and we’ve got an amazing director, [Kenny Leon,] who I’ve worked with before for many years and he’s amazing.”