Hairspray has more lives than a cat.
I am talking about the now-several incarnations of the property, which started as an independent cult-hit film from director John Waters in 1988. It later was turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical in 2002, followed by a hit film version in 2007 and now is morphing into a live NBC musical Wednesday night direct from the backlot at Universal Studios. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — who also served as producers of the 2007 film — revived the idea of live TV musicals with their 2013 hit The Sound of Music Live, and they are the producers behind this one, which is the first they have done outside of the Long Island studio where Sound of Music, Peter Pan Live, and last year’s The Wiz Live were made.
Hairspray lends itself to the kind of outdoor ambiance and multiple stages that a big studio can provide, thus they have packed up…