Move over Corny Collins; someone else is hosting Hairspray next week! Darren Criss will be hosting Hairspray Live!'s behind the scenes live stream, according to Mashable.
Criss, who just ended his second run as Hedwig in the San Francisco production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch, will show fans exclusive looks into the production of the show when it airs next week on December 7th. He will also be checking into '60s-themed parties that are planned across the country.
"We wanted someone with substantial musical theatre background and broad appeal to be our eyes and ears into the excitement of the show, and the incredible machinations going on backstage to make it happen," said Rob Hayes, Executive Vice President of Digital at NBC Entertainment. "Darren is just coming off a run as the lead in Hedwig And The Angry Inch in San Francisco and L.A., and had a prior relationship with Craig and Neil the producers, as well as a lot of credibility in both TV and theatre. He’s also extremely charismatic and has done some hosting work before."
Along with the above responsibilities, Criss will also be interacting with fans and social media influencers through Facebook and will be posting content throughout the show. He will also appear in The Countdown to Hairspray Live!, a half-hour pre-show special, which is hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes, who are playing Velma Von Tussle and Mr. Pinkie, respectively.
This is not the first step that NBC has taken to create its social presence for the show. Perhaps you used the fun Snapchat filter that was created?
Darren Criss' backstage live stream will include 35 extra camera angles of the backstage area, showing fans what the cast and other members of production are up to throughout the live telecast, fun facts about Hairspray Live!, and other extras throughout social media.
Hairspray Live! will air on NBC on December 7th at 8pm.