On August 2, 2016, Derek and a big part of the cast of Hairspray Live! participated at NBC’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour to promote the show. They took part at a panel and later on they did their first photoshoot and promo for the show.
During the panel, Derek said: “To get back into musical theater is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I’m excited.”
Also, during the panel, two more names were announced as part of the cast: Rosie O’Donnell (as the gym teacher) and Sean Hayes (as Mr. Pinky).
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