Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein have signed on to NBC’s Hairspray Live, the network’s next live Broadway musical. Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, while Fierstein will star as Edna Turnblad, the role he won a Tony for in the stage version. He will also write the teleplay.
NBC made its hopes official Thursday: Hairspray will be the network’s next live musical. Hairspray Live will premiere Dec. 7 (8 p.m. ET/PT), with some big theater names being added the production.