YAS! Jennifer Hudson has been cast in NBC’s next live musical event — ‘Hairspray Live!’ You know she’s going to bring the house down with her amazing voice. Find out who she’s playing now!
Hairspray fans, this is INCREDIBLE news. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, 34, and Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein will headline this year’s Hairspray Live. So, who is Jennifer playing? Here’s the scoop on the Dec. 7 holiday event!
Jennifer is playing Motormouth Maybelle, NBC announced on April 25. How exciting! Motormouth Maybelle was previously played by Queen Latifah in 2007’s Hairspray. Mary Bond Davis originated the role in the initial Broadway production.
Harvey Fierstein, who starred in the original Broadway production as Edna Turnblad, will reprise his role in the live TV musical.
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for Hairspray Live!,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “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.”
Jennifer is currently starring on Broadway as Shug Avery in The Color Purple. She rose to fame on American Idol during its third season. She won an Oscar in 2007 for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls, alongside Beyonce.
Hairspray Live! will air Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Stay tuned for more updates on Hairspray!
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