Atlanta Music Scene

Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta’s vibrant and evolving music scene. From hot new artists to Music Midtown to shows at the Tabernacle, she’s got you covered.

'Hairspray Live!' - behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Hudson


A few weeks ago, video producer Ryon Horne and I traveled to Los Angeles to spend the day on the NBC set of “Hairspray Live!”

We were there to observe Atlanta’s Kenny Leon – the Tony Award-winning director who is steering this live remake, which airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC – and in the course of the day were able to chat with much of the cast, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth and Derek Hough.

We – as well as the cast – also received a surprise in the form of Denzel Washington, a longtime Leon pal who stopped by to provide Team Hairspray with a pep talk.

Before you tune in to “Hairspray Live!,” check out our behind-the-scenes photos, videos and stories and prepare yourselves because, well, you know how it goes – you just can’t stop the beat.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.