This coming December, TV viewers will be heading to 1960s Baltimore for NBC’s latest live musical, with the network announcing plans to mount a live production of Hairspray.
I’m happy to say that we are hopefully going to be produce a live new movie of Hairspray next December,” NBC chief Robert Greenblatt told journalists this morning at the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.
The musical, like past productions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and last month’s The Wiz, will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The original non-musical Hairspray, from cult director John Waters, first hit theatres in 1988, with Ricki Lake in the title role of plucky, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad. The film then spawned a Broadway musical in 2002, which in turn was remade as a big-screen musical in 2007, featuring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.
While casting for the live musical has yet to take place, Greenblatt revealed he does have some “dream casting”; in mind. “I don’t think we’re going to try to replicate the movie. We want to do a new version of it,”; he told reporters.
And while the intent isn’t to cast stars from the movie, Greenblatt said he wouldn’t say no if John Travolta wanted to reprise his cross-dressing role as Tracy’s mom. “Sure, we’d take John Travolta,”; said Greenblatt, adding, “I don’t think that would be a possibility, but we’d be thrilled to have John Travolta.”