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Next NBC live musical may be 'Hairspray'

John Travolta, left, wearing a female fat suit, and Nikki Blonsky appear in a scene from the film musical "Hairspray."

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John Travolta, left, wearing a female fat suit, and Nikki Blonsky appear in a scene from the film musical "Hairspray."

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January

From the Austrian Alps to Neverland and the yellow brick road of Oz, NBC's live productions of stage musicals have taken us to some pretty fantastical places. Now, according to the Associated Press, the next location may be much closer to home.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics' meeting Wednesday that a live production of the stage musical Hairspray could be coming to NBC next December. The musical is set in 1960s Baltimore and was based on the 1988 John Waters' movie about teenager Tracy Turnblad's attempts to integrate a Baltimore dance show. The musical was then the basis for a new film in 2007 that starred John Travolta as Edna Turnblad.

Here's more from the AP report:

NBC has made something of a cottage industry with live musicals, including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz.

Greenblatt, who cautioned that contracts remain to be signed for Hairspray, said NBC has started a musical trend for other networks. Fox is airing a live production of Grease on Jan. 31, and ABC plans a TV movie of the big-screen film Dirty Dancing.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers for NBC's previous musicals, will have the same jobs for Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical from composer Marc Shaiman and his co-lyricist, Scott Wittman.

The network has scored hits — The Wiz and Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music — and a miss with Peter Pan. 


"I don't think there's an infinite number of these that can be done, but we're still doing it," Greenblatt said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 5:44pm]

    

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