June 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Kristin Chenoweth joins ‘Hairspray Live!’ cast
Kristin Chenoweth, gay news, Washington Blade

Kristin Chenoweth (Photo courtesy Wolf Trap)

Kristin Chenoweth is the latest name added to NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” cast.

Entertainment Weekly reports Chenoweth will play Velma Von Tussle, producer of “The Corny Collins Show,” crazed stage mom to her daughter Amber and enemy to Tracy Turnblad.

“We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on Hairspray,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in “Wicked,” and there’s no one better to play Velma Von Tussle. Each year we find that more and more of the top talent in our business wants to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of these live musicals, and the bigger the roster of stars, the better the event. This one is shaping up to be one of our best!”

Chenoweth tweeted her excitement saying “I clinched Miss Baltimore Crabs! SO excited to play Velma Von Tussle in @HairsprayLive this December!”

The cast includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and Maddie Baillio.

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