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Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sher Adapt 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to the Stage

Aaron Sorkin Walking and Talking His Way Back to NBC >>

Aaron Sorkin is coming back to NBC. The 'West Wing' creator and writer’s play 'A Few Good Men' will live broadcast in 2017.

Harvey Fierstein

NBC Holding Open Auditions for Tracy Turnblad in ‘Hairspray: Live’ >>

Hey there teenage Baltimore. Now, is your chance to strut your stuff on the Corny Collins show. That is right, NBC is holding open auditions to discover the next Tracy Turnblad for the upcoming 'Hairspray Live' musical event.

Harvey Fierstein

NBC Drafts ‘Hairspray’ Vet Harvey Fierstein to Write Live Event Musical >>

The premiere date for NBC’s Live adaptation of 'Hairspray' was announced for December 7. However, there is even bigger news for all you hair-heads out there. (That is what Hairspray super fans are called, right?) 'Hairspray' vet Harvey Fierstein has been drafted to write the adaptation of the live musical event. Fierstein won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for originating the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway. Check out the report below to see what NBC’s Robert Greenblatt had to say about Fierstein’s new role.


NBC Officially Announces Performance Date for ‘Hairspray Live’ >>

We officially have a performance date for NBC’s next musical event, 'Hairspray Live.' Recently, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt announced that the holiday special will air on Dec 7 starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. Greenblatt also announced a dream team of creative talent involved in the production. Check the report below for all the details.

The Wiz Live

NBC Boss Talks How ‘Wiz Live’ Saved The Holiday Musical and Lead to ‘Hairspray’ >>

NBC’s 'Sound of Music Live' event was a huge success for the network in 2013. However, the following fall’s production of 'Peter Pan Live' failed to take flight, leaving the future of live musical TV events hanging by a thread. Enter 2015’s production of The Wiz Live. The retelling of the Wizard of Oz, got NBC back on it golden road to success. Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about how 'The Wiz' lead them to diversify future productions, including this fall’s production of 'Hairspray.'

Host Neil Patrick Harris performs during the American Theatre Wing's 66th annual Tony Awards in New York, June 10, 2012.

NBC Boss Talks Canceled Neil Patrick Harris Show ‘Best time Ever’ >>

In recent years, NBC has brought live TV back with special events like 'The Sound of Music Live,' 'Peter Pan Live,' 'The Wiz Live' and regular series like 'Undateable' (Season 3) and Neil Patrick Harris’ 'Best Time Ever.' Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about why Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show was unfortunately canceled and the future of live TV.

Should We Hear the Lullaby of the Opera House?

NBC Robert Greenblatt Talks How Live Musical Event Holiday Tradition Started >>

Three years ago NBC started airing live musical events with 'The Sound of Music.' The broadcast was such a success that it has become an annual holiday tradition. Now, NBC’s Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is opening up about how the tradition came to be.

'Wicked' Sheet Music

Why NBC is Not Feeling 'Wicked' This Hoilday Season >>

In the past few years, NBC has changed the way we think of the holidays by producing a string of live musical events. Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about how they make sections, and why 'Wicked' is off the table.


NBC Boss Talks Fox’s ‘Grease’ and Possible Live Audience for 'Hairspray' [FALL 2016] >>

There is no doubt about it. Fox’s 'Grease: Live' was a knockout success. Even NBC liked the production. Using multiple studios stretching acres of lot and a live audience, Fox managed to take the live musical trend in a whole direction. Now, NBC’s Rob Greenblatt is opening up about Fox’s impressive production, including why they didn’t chose to not use a live audience for their past productions ('Wiz,' 'Peter Pan,' 'Sound of Music') and how that all might change with till fall’s 'Hairspray.'


NBC ‘Hairspray Live’ Musical Producers Talk Race Relations and Their History with The Broadway Hit >>

This winter NBC is taking us back to the 60’s with a live tv musical production of 'Hairspray.' The show will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who in addition to producing last year’s musical 'The Wiz Live,' also produced the 2006 film version of 'Hairspray.' Now Zadan and Meron are opening up about the reasons why they decided to go back to 'Hairspray' noting the nation's growing problems regarding race relations.


Run And Tell That: NBC Plans 'Hairspray' For Winter 2016 Live Muscial Event >>

NBC is heading to the sixties. In the tradition started with 2013 'The Sound of Music,' NBC’s new live winter musical will be 'Hairspray.' NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the musical event during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Just as with the 2007, NBC is looking to cast an unknown to play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad.

Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host 2015 Oscars, Promotes 'Choose Your Own Autobiography' with New Book Trailer

‘Hedwig’ Neil Patrick Harris Live Show ‘Best Time Ever’ Canceled: Moving To Netflix in ‘Unfortunate Events?’ >>

Broadway vet Neil Patrick Harris was born to be on the stage. The actor who won the 2014 Tony Award for his role as the titular lead in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' has hosted the ceremonies on severl occasions. In fact, he is such a good live performer that he even won a few Emmys for hosting the Tonys. Why he didn’t win a Tony for hosting the Emmys is still a mystery. However, Neil’s live NBC variety series, The 'Best Time Ever' has been canceled. Fortunately for NPH fans, Neil might soon be coming Netflix in Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events. 'The Hollywood Reporter' is suggesting that Harris is being looked at for the role of Count Olaf, the part played by Jim Carey in the film of the same name. However, it is unknown if Neil is up for this role or the story's narrator of sorts Lemony Snicket

18-Year-Old Shanice Williams to Play Dorothy in ABC's 'The Wiz'

18-Year-Old Shanice Williams to Play Dorothy in NBC's 'The Wiz' >>

NBC has finally decided to put on a live rendition of its iconic The Wiz. For its cast, however, the star-studded lineup will include Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and, perhaps most importantly, 18-year-old Shanice Williams who will star as Dorothy.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Produces NBC Miniseries and Broadway Musical 'Freedom Run' >>

Legendary performer Stevie Wonder will be producing an eight-hour miniseries for NBC titled "Freedom Run," which will tell the story of the actual people involved in the Underground Railroad. Wonder will also create the score for a Broadway musical which will be based upon the same idea.

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé Finishes Tour with $106M in Tix Sales, Hosts NBC Holiday Special; X-Mas Album Goes Diamond >>

Seems like Michael Bublé is on Santa’s nice list this holiday season. The soulful crooner is just finishing up his international To Be Loved concert tour with $106 million in tickets sales for 2014. Multi-Grammy-Award-winning Bublé is completing his 157th performance of his sold-out world tour this week in London as well as hosting his fourth annual Christmas special "Christmas in New York with Michael Bublé," which has been hailed as the best holiday special of the year. With his "Christmas" album selling more than 9.5 million copies worldwide, it seems Bublé has a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. In 2014, Bublé sold 992,637 tickets to his To Be Loved tour and performed 18 sold-out shows in just the U.K. alone. That is not counting the 31 in Europe, 12 in Canada and several sold-out shows throughout Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. It comes as no surprise that his "Christmas" CD has just been certified diamond in Canada, the first album to do so since Adele’s 21 album. In the U.S., the "Christmas" CD has remained in the top 10 for the last several weeks, was certified triple platinum and has sold more than 3.5 million copies since its release four years ago.

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