29 Apr 2016 02:16 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Derek Hough (Image Source: 1AV8TRIX via Wikimedia Commons)
They're starting to round up the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!
While earlier Jennifer Hudson was confirmed for the production, now Derek Hough and Martin Short have also been added to the cast.
Hairspray has had a long convoluted history on stage and film. It was originally a 1988 film written, directed, and produced by John Waters, starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, and Jerry Stiller. It then became a Broadway musical based on the film starring Marissa Jaret Winokur and Harvey Fierstein. In 2007 it became a movie again based on the musical and starred Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, and Zac Efron.
And now NBC in bringing it to TV to air it live in the holiday season as they have done with The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz in the three years previous. It will be based on the Broadway production.
The first performers signed to this production were Jennifer Hudson, who will play Motormouth Maybelle, and Harvey Fierstein, who will reprise the role of Edna Turnblad, the role he played on Broadway.
Now Derek Hough and Martin Short have been added to the live show. Hough got his big break on Dancing with the Stars, winning the show six times and winning two Emmys for his choreography from the show. He has also has a recurring role on Nashville.
Short is a Canadian who appeared as a regular on both SCTV and Saturday Night Live. Additionally he has starred in many films including Three Amigos, Innerspace, Father of the Bride, Clifford, and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, and starred in The Martin Short Show and Primetime Glick.
Hairspray Live! will air live on NBC on December 7 later this year.
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