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Check out Billboard.com when you can. They were at the set of ‘Hairspray Live” and posted a fun diary of the events. Here’s what Derek told them about dancing and his role as Corny Collins.
Ironically, Derek Hough, of Dancing in the Stars fame, was cast in a non-dancing role, as TV host Corny Collins. They fixed that in pre-, you might say. “I do dance a bit in it,” says Hough (who just left Stars to become a judge on J.Lo’s competing new series, World of Dance). “We’re like, ‘Hey, this version of Corny can move!’” But, he adds, not move so much that it yanks viewers of a certain age out of the period. “We watched a documentary about the transition between the ‘50s and ‘60s, and about dancing, and how the Twist was seen as debauchery. So with the dancing here, we want to try to do it in light of that period, and yes, you add your own little thing, but you have to hold back a little bit and keep it sort of in that (more constricted) genre and era.”
Also see Broadway World here and here for some fun pre-show extras which includes photos of the cast and sets and a new interview with Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron from the set. There isn’t a lot on Derek but fun to take in getting ready for the show.
‘Hairspray Live!’ is one day away, and live musicals run in the Hough family. Derek Hough, who is playing Corny Collins, talked to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about the confident words Julianne told him before she rocked it out on ‘Grease: Live!’ that he’s hoping he’ll remember before the ‘Hairspray Live!’ on Dec. 7.
“I actually asked Julianne [Hough] before Grease, ‘Aren’t you guys nervous?” And she said, ‘No, we’re ready for this! We want to show people this, we’re ready.’ So I hope we feel that way, too. We’re all still a little nervous but hopefully we’ll be ready,” Derek Hough told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
TV Insider has a cool read on “Hairspray Live” from the set. They not only referred to Derek as an “A-Lister”, Derek comments on how he got inspiration for “Corny Collins”. To read more, see the link. Thanks to Linz for the find.
She’s not the only A-lister producers snagged to join. Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough high-steps into the role of the dreamy TV host Corny Collins, and he got his inspiration from someone near and dear. “My dad used to be a DJ back in college and—to this day—he’ll tell the weather of the day in that newscaster voice.”