Derek Hough and Martin Short Join NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

NBC’s Hairspray Live! just got two more big names to join the cast: Martin Short and former Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough have signed on to star in the live musical extravaganza.

Short is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor while Hough is an Emmy-winning choreographer who’s done his own fair share of acting, including the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Millfield Theatre, and a guest-starring role on ABC’s Nashville, just to name a few roles.

Hough will play the role of dance show host Corny Collins, while Short will play Wilbur Turnblad. They join a cast that includes Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle and Tony winner Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, the Tony-winning role he originated on Broadway.

“We are very happy to have the inimitable Martin Short to play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We welcome Marty to the network in May in his new variety show with Maya Rudolph and we think he will be the perfect long-term companion to Harvey’s Edna. And hands-down the best dancer on television and one of the best in the entertainment business, Derek Hough, will be perfect in the role of Corny Collins, the cocky song-and-dance-man who hosts the TV show every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on.”

Derek Hough and Martin Short Join NBC's 'Hairspray Live!'

This is shaping up to be a fantastic live musical. I’m really loving the cast they’ve assembled so far. I’m interested to see who they cast as Link Larkin and Tracy Turnblad. I feel like they’ll go with an unknown for Tracy like they did for Dorothy in The Wiz Live!, but I feel like the network is going to want a big name for Link in order to bring in better ratings. I guess we’ll get more casting announcements soon enough.

What do you think of the cast so far? Got any suggestions you have for NBC on who they should cast? Might as well shout’em out in the comments below! Never know who’s reading.

For more on live network musicals, find out which American Idol star has signed on for FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!

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