Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will star in NBC’s teleplay production “Hairspray Live!,” the network announced.
Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a Baltimore record store. Fierstein will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad for which he won a Tony Award for the stage version. He will also write the script for the teleplay.
“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 were happy he wanted to step into her shoes one last, unforgettable time.”
“Hairspray Live!” will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.