NBC can't stop the beat, even if it wanted to: Fresh off the widespread acclaim for its version of The Wiz, the network announced at the TCA tour on Wednesday that its next prime-time theater event will be a live production of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's musical adaptation of the 1988 John Waters film. Hairspray apparently triumphed over other ideas, like The Music Man, which producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron told THR would have been too dependent on perfect casting for Harold Hill, and A Few Good Men, which had complicated rights issues. In the end, the candy-colored '60s musical was a perfect choice to head off the inevitable online snark: You're gonna feel so bad about tweeting mean things about the nicest kids in town.
Trending Video on Vulture
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Every Episode of Black Mirror, Ranked From Worst to Best
SNL Spoofs the Age-Old Question: How the Hell Is This TV Drama Considered a Comedy?
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Return to SNL for One Final Debate
Taylor Swift Performs ‘This Is What You Came For’ During Only Concert in 2016, Giving the People That For Which They Came — More or Less
Why Saturday Night Live Destroys Trump, and John Oliver Doesn’t
Taylor Swift’s Groping Lawsuit Deposition Released: ‘I Remember Being Frantic, Distressed, Feeling Violated in a Way I Had Never Experienced Before’
Jennifer Lopez’s New NBC Show Has the Most Absurd Title Ever
Saturday Night Live Recap: Welcome Back, Tom Hanks
All Hail Tom Hanks’ David S. Pumpkins, the King of Halloween You Didn’t Know You Needed
The Case Against Black Mirror
Latest News from VultureMatthew McConaughey to Be Honored by Napa Valley Film Festival, the Most Matthew McConaughey-Sounding Festival There Is
This is alright alright alright.All Hail Tom Hanks’ David S. Pumpkins, the King of Halloween You Didn’t Know You Needed
Iconic. Any questions?Tyler Perry Crosses Over as Boo! A Madea Halloween Wins the Box Office
At 27 million, Madea edged out Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.Viola Davis Submitted as Best Supporting Actress for SAG Awards, So All You Best Actress Oscar Contenders Can Finally Breathe
[Awards season sirens.]
A very on-brand birth plan.Kanye Says He’ll Skip Grammys If Frank Ocean Isn’t Nominated, Which He Isn’t
Ocean declined to submit Blonde or Endless for consideration.
More than 600 staffers have signed a petition, and others engaged in a silent protest.Leslie Jones Addresses Being Hacked on SNL: ‘If You Want to See Leslie Jones Naked, Just Ask!’
"You can't embarrass me more than I have embarrassed myself."Gilmore Girls Actors Talk Dubious Fan Fiction and Confusing Dual Roles
Was that Chilton graduate also Caesar?Remembering Preacher's Steve Dillon, a Subtle Titan of Comics Art
What he did better than just about anybody was tell stories using the human form.
Stemming from her lawsuit involving a 2013 concert.Saturday Night Live Recap: Welcome Back, Tom Hanks
Who wouldn't want a night of light frivolity with America's Dad?Take a Little Time and Listen to Joanna Newsom’s Unreleased Song ‘Make Hay’
Originally recorded for 2015's Divers.Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Make Her Opera Debut, But Don’t Worry, It’s Just a Side Hustle
In Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment.Knock, Knock! Miley Cyrus Wants to Know If You’re Voting for Hillary Clinton
Some lucky college students were involved.Benedict Cumberbatch and Solange Will Combine Forces on SNL November 5
It'll be SNL's last episode before the election.Tom Hanks Fulfills All of Your Hopes and Dreams By Pretending to Be Your Dad for Four Minutes
Daaaaaad!SNL Spoofs the Age-Old Question: How the Hell Is This TV Drama Considered a Comedy?
Move over, Jeffrey Tambor.Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Return to SNL for One Final Debate
"I have personally met with the Mexican President. I forget his name, I think it was something like Mr. Guacamole. I'm sorry, excuse me, Señor Guacamole."Taylor Swift Performs ‘This Is What You Came For’ During Only Concert in 2016, Giving the People That For Which They Came — More or Less
"I've never played this song live before."