|Jennifer Hudson & Harvey Fierstein will star in Hairspray Live! on NBC, December 7. Photos courtesy of NBC/Universal.|
It was announced yesterday that award winning performers Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!. The show, produced by Universal Television, will broadcast from Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 7 at 8PM ET/PT.
Harvey Fierstein who will play Edna Turnbald, the role he created on Broadway and won a Tony for, is also writing the teleplay. Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle.
About The Show
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” 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.”