Martin Short and Derek Hough to star in 'Hairspray Live!' TV musical

By Sarah Walker

Canadian comedian Martin Short and dancer Derek Hough have joined the cast of Hairspray Live!, the latest TV musical special following The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live. The iconic film will be shot live-to-air on NBC on Dec. 7, with Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein rounding out the cast to date.

The hit movie-turned-Broadway musical, originally written by John Waters, focuses on the life of Tracy Turnblad, a teen living in Baltimore in 1962 – a time when the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak. Her larger-than-life personality and can-do attitude are perfectly complemented by her oversized hair and incredibly vibrant outfits - style cues she took from her mother, Edna Turnblad, played by John Travolta in the film remake and Tony winner Harvey Fierstein in the live television broadcast.

TAP FOR FULL GALLERYDerek Hough and Martin Short have joined the cast of Hairspray Live.

Hamilton native Martin, 66, takes on the role of Tracy's dad, Wilbur, while Dancing with the Stars phenom Derek, 30, will play TV host Corny Collins.

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"We are very happy to have the inimitable Martin Short to play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced in a statement.

Martin also has a project in the works with Maya Rudolph.

He went on to say that this is the first of many shows the company will work on with Martin in 2016. In May, he'll star in a new variety show alongside Maya Rudolph.

Greenblatt went on to add: "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."

Auditions are currently underway to find the perfect actress for the starring role of Tracy. This is the fourth musical NBC has aired during prime time in the past couple years. Previous shows include The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz.

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