Hairspray – the musical based on the 1988 John Waters classic –is coming to NBC later this year, and it is coming to us live.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is on board, as Motormouth Maybelle (y’ know, the part that Queen Latifah played in the 2007 movie musical version), while Harvey Fierstein will reprise his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad.
Phew – we dodged a Travolta bullet!
In fact and btw, Fierstein also will be writing the teleplay for Hairspray Live!, which will feature Derek Hough and Martin Short as well, as Corny Collins and Wilbur Turnblad, respectively.
The Peacock’s Hairspray Live! will premiere on Dec. 7.