Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein have joined the cast of NBC’s live musical event “Hairspray Live!”. Shooting will take place in Los Angeles with an airing set for December 7th.
Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle and Fierstein, who is also writing the teleplay, will play Edna Turnblad – the role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced “The Wiz” and “Sound of Music” live musicals, are producing the television event and are joined by Alex Rudzinski who directed FOX’s “Grease Live”.
Set in 1962 Baltimore, the story follows a young girl whose dream is to dance on a local TV show where she meets a colorful array of characters. Themes of racial integration and body image also come into play.