According to NBC, Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson alongside Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein will star in NBC’s next live broadway musical “Hairspray Live!” Following their success from “The Wiz Live” it’s only right to take things to the level. The director of “Grease Live!” and “Dancing With The Stars,” Alex Rudzinski, will also be joining the team.
Rudzinski went on to say “We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for ‘Hairspray Live!,’” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “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.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” it takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When, against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna Turnblad, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”
Harvey, who’s set to star in the musical will also write the teleplay and his character goes by the name of Edna Turnblad, a role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version of “Hairspray.” As you previously read Jennifer will play the character of Motormouth Maybelle. Hudson is best known for her co-starring roles in the films “Dreamgirls” and “The Secret Life of Bees.”
“Hairspray Live!” is set to air on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will originate from Los Angeles. Are you guys just as excited as we are?