Yes, Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will head the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!, the network’s next live Broadway musical holiday event.
Following the HUGE success of The Wiz Live!, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment said,
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for ‘Hairspray Live! 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.“
TV director Alex Rudzinski will join stage director Kenny Leon (“The Wiz Live!”). Harvey Fierstein will provide a new teleplay and Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots,” “On Your Feet”) is the choreographer for the live production with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Smash” and Broadway’s upcoming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”). Can’t wait. But who will play Tracey Turnblad? (via Broadway World)