Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein to Star in ‘Hairspray Live!’ for NBC

NBC's Hairspray Live!NBC’s live Broadway musicalHairspraywill star Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle and Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, a role he won a Tony for in the stage version.
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars forHairspray Live!,” Robert Greenblatt, NBC entertainment chairman said. “Harvey Fierstein created the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway in an indelible Tony-winning performance that demanded to be memorialized on film, and we’re happy he wanted to step into her shoes one last, unforgettable time. We’re also so grateful that the incomparable Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle and we know her rendition of ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ will literally stop the show.”
Martin Short and Derek Hough will also star in the three-hour live production.
Fierstein, who is writing the teleplay, played Turnblad for the first two years ofHairspray’s seven-year run on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Currently, Hudson is on the Broadway revival ofThe Color Purple.
The musical follows Tracy Turnblad’s dream of dancing on the 1962 Baltimore’s local television program,The Corny Collins Show.
Alex Rudzinski, who directedGrease Live!will be joining director Kenny Leon fromThe Wiz Live!to direct the show. Zadan and Meron (A Few Good Men Live!) will be executive producers, Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) will be choreographer and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (from Broadway’s upcomingCharlie and the Chocolate Factory) will produce the music and lyrics.
Hairspray Live!will airDec. 7on NBC.

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