Jennifer Hudson is booked and unbothered … let’s give her a round of applause!
While the powerhouse performer is currently on Broadway in a revival of “The Color Purple”, her next move is equally as dope. Hudson is set to star as Motormouth Maybelle in NBC’s production of “Hairspray Live!”. The role was also played by Queen Latifah in the film adaptation of the play. Jenny joins Harvey Fierstein who has signed on to play Edna Turnblad, the role he won a Tony for in the stage version. Plus, he’s also set to write the teleplay.
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for ‘Hairspray Live!,’” said NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “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.”
“Hairspray Live!” will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And if it’s anything like “The Wiz Live!” then we’re in for a real treat!
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