NBC Can't Stop the Beat: Hairspray Is Its Next Live Musical

Are you the kind of musical theater obsessive who's still recovering from the excellent fun that was "The Wiz Live!" and eagerly awaiting the debut of "Grease: Live" later this month?

Yup. Me too. WE ARE ALL THAT MUSICAL THEATER OBSESSIVE.

So let's all twist and shout for joy together, because NBC gave us some happy news yesterday: Its next live musical production, coming to a TV near you this December, will be Hairspray—one of the cheeriest, campiest, danciest shows around. A musical about live television, on live television! Love it.

Nikki Blonsky in the 2007 movie version of Hairspray (photo New Line Cinema)

No word yet on casting, etc, but team NBC is apparently open to having John Travolta reprise his role from the 2007 film. So...there's that. (Let's go ahead and bring Zac Efron back while we're at it, shall we? And re-settle Adam Shankman in the director's chair.)

Who'd be in your dream Hairspray cast? Let us know in the comments—and then satisfy your rapidly-intensifying musical theater craving by reading all about Fox's upcoming "Grease: Live" in our January issue.

Want more Dance Spirit?

Latest Posts


Viktorina Kapitonova in "Swan Lake Bath Ballet" (photo by Ryan Capstick, courtesy Corey Baker Dance)

Please Enjoy the Quarantine Genius of “Swan Lake Bath Ballet”

That old saying about limitations breeding creativity—hat tip to Orson Welles—has never felt more relevant than in these lockdown days. Here's the latest brilliant dance project born (hatched?) of quarantine restrictions: "Swan Lake Bath Ballet," a contemporary take on the classic featuring 27 A-list ballet dancers performing from their own bathtubs.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search