NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Gets December Date, ‘The Wiz Live’ Creative Team

Live musical event will be directed by Kenny Leon

NBC will air its next live musical event, “Hairspray Live,” on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the network announced Thursday.

“In keeping with our desire to bring the best of Broadway to our live musicals, we’ve assembled the Broadway dream team of Tony Award winners for ‘Hairspray Live,'” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have director Kenny Leon, who knocked ‘The Wiz Live’ way out of the park, and Jerry Mitchell, the original choreographer of ‘Hairspray’ and who is the director of two smash hit musicals running on Broadway right now.”

Leon directed NBC’s “The Wiz Live.”

Harvey Fierstein will write the teleplay. Fierstein worked on the original script, adapted the play for Las Vegas and the Hollywood Bowl, and originated the role of Edna.

“Hairspray Live” will air at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 7 on NBC.