NBC announced on Wednesday “Hairspray” will be the network’s next live musical.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed during a T.V. Critics’ meeting that a live version of John Waters’s “Hairspray” is expected to air in December.
Greenblatt says that no deals for the production have been finalized as of right now.
“We have dream casting, but it’s too early,”Greenblatt told Us Weekly. “We haven’t even gotten that far, but I don’t think we’re going to replicate the movie.”
Greenblatt also told Us Weekly that NBC would love to have John Travolta, who starred in the “Hairspray” movie, star in their version.
“Oh sure, we’d take John Travolta. He did it. I don’t think that’s a possibility, but we’d be thrilled to have John Travolta,” Greenblatt says.
“Hairspray” follows in the footsteps of its live musical predecessors “The Wiz,” “Peter Pan” and “The Sound of Music.” FOX also has plans for its own live production of “Grease” airing in January.