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Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein to Headline ‘Hairspray Live!’ on NBC

Live Musical Expected to Air on the First Thursday on NBC in December

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein have been cast in NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” the fourth live musical in the ongoing franchise. Fierstein, who is also penning the “Hairspray Live!” teleplay, will reprise the role of Edna Turnblad, the mother of main character Tracy Turnblad. Fierstein originated the role on Broadway and won a Tony Award for it in 2003. Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, the mother of Tracy’s classmate Seaweed and owner of a local record store.

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” takes place in 1962 Baltimore as teenager Tracy Turnblad (in a role yet to be cast) attempts to launch a campaign to make local dance show “The Corny Collins Show” integrated. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as the producers.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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