Yes!! Are you ready for another NBC live production?!?!! If you LOVED The WIZ… Jennifer Hudson and Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein will join forces to headline NBC’s Hairspray LIVE, the network’s next broadway musical holiday event! I’ve been so impressed with the new LIVE performance phenomenon… can’t WAIT to see this dynamic team in action 🙂
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When, against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna Turnblad, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”
Harvey, who is also writing the teleplay, will play Edna Turnblad, a role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version of “Hairspray” and… Jennifer will play Motormouth Maybelle. And KUDOS to Atlanta’s own stage director Kenny Leon (The Wiz LIVE) who will join television director Alex Rudzinski!!
“Hairspray Live!” will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will originate from Los Angeles.