Derek Hough and Martin Short Join NBC’s Hairspray Live! Musical Cast



By: Leslie Ambriz

Good Morning Baltimore…and all of the internet! Hairspray Live! is coming to NBC, and they’ve added Derek Hough and Martin Short the musical’s all-star cast.

Hough will play TV Host Corny Collins and Short will play Tracy Turnblad’s father, Wilbur.

The live stage special is based on the Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” which is set in 1962 Baltimore. It follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, a young teenager who dreams of dancing on The Corny Collin Show. Tracy’s dreams come true when she wins a chance to be on the show. She soon comes to realize that the show needs integration and ends up revolutionizing television in the 60s.

In addition to landing star roles in the musical production, Hough is most known for his role on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. TV Veteran Martin Short is a Tony Award winner and a Saturday Night Live alum. He is also set to co-star on NBC’s Maya and Marty in Manhattan variety show.

Both Hough and Short will be joined by Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle and Harvey Firestein as Edna Turnblad. The live musical will air on December 7th from Los Angeles.