NBC picks some key Broadway creators for its ‘Hairspray’

FILE - In this June 8, 2014 file photo, Kenny Leon accepts the award for best direction in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" at the 68th annual Tony Awards in New York. Leon will direct the live production of the stage musical "Hairspray" from composer Marc Shaiman and his co-lyricist, Scott Wittman. The musical adaptation of John Waters' 1988 cult film will air Dec. 7 on NBC. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has tapped some deep Broadway talent for its live production of the stage musical “Hairspray.”

Kenny Leon, who won a Tony for the recent revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” will direct the show from composer Marc Shaiman and his co-lyricist, Scott Wittman.

Jerry Mitchell, who won Tonys for choreographing “La Cage aux Folles” and “Kinky Boots,” will choreograph. And Harvey Fierstein, who won a Tony playing “Hairspray” on Broadway, will write the teleplay.

The musical adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 cult film will air Dec. 7.

NBC has made something of a cottage industry with live musicals, including “The Sound of Music,” ”Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” Fox jumped in with its recent “Grease: Live!” and ABC plans a TV movie of the big-screen film “Dirty Dancing.”

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