On April 27 2016, Broadway.com broke the news of Derek joining the cast on NBC’s Hairspray Live! Derek would play Corny Collins. The rest of the cast includes Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle), Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad), Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad), Maddie Baillio (as Tracy Turnblad) and more.
The telecast aired on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The first table read took place on August 1, 2016, while Derek’s first day at rehearsals was on October 20, 2016.
As Broadway.com notes: “Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show.
Hairspray, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, opened on Broadway on August 15, 2002 and ran for 2,642 performances. The Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur-led show took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was subsequently made into a movie, starring John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky, in 2007.”
Derek already has some ties with Hairspray. His DWTS Season 13 partner, Ricki Lake played Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film! We know she will be happy to give Derek some inside tips and info 😉
On Thanksgiving Day (November 24, 2016), we saw a sneak peek of the show when the cast performed the song “You Can’t Stop the Beat”. The pre-taped video aired during the Thanksgiving Parade.
Below, you can find links with all the media surrounding Derek’s performance in Hairspray Live!
- Derek Hough as Corny Collins [Articles]
- Promo videos & Trailers [Videos]
- Official Promo Pictures
- NBC at Television Critics Association Press Tour [Videos] [Pictures & Articles]
- Other promo interviews & Behind the Scenes Media Coverage [Videos]
- Press Day – November 16, 2016
- Rehearsals & Behind the Scenes
- Printed & online press
- Live Show Day
Meet the cast and crew of Hairspray Live! and follow them on social media:
- Maddie Baillio (as Tracy Turnblad) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad) – Twitter
- Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Derek Hough (as Corny Collins) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Ariana Grande (as Penny Pingleton) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Dove Cameron (as Amber Von Tussle) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Garrett Clayton (as Link Larkin) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Ephraim Sykes (as Seaweed) – Twitter & Instagram
- Shahadi Wright Joseph (as Little Inez) – Twitter & Instagram
- Rosie O’Donnell (as Prudy Pingleton) – Instagram & Facebook
- Andrea Martin (as Prudy Pingleton) – Twitter & Instagram
- Sean Hayes (as Mr. Pinky) – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Billy Eichner (as Rob Barker) – Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
Directors: Kenny Leon and Alex Rudzinski
Teleplay: Harvey Fierstein
Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Music: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Executive producers: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan