Hairspray Live Cast

Hairspray Live Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein to Star in NBC Musical

NBC’s Hairspray Live! is finally taking shape — and what a glorious shape it is.

The network on Monday announced that Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will lead the Dec. 7 musical as Motormouth Maybelle and Edna Turnblad, respectively.

For those tragically unfamiliar with the story of Hairspray, it follows a curvaceous young woman named Tracy Turnblad (yet to be cast) who uses her moves and moxie to challenge prejudices in 1960s Baltimore.

Fierstein first played the role of Tracy’s reclusive mother in the 2002 Broadway production; it was originated by the late Divine in John Waters’ 1988 film, and John Travolta assumed the part in the 2007 big-screen musical. Motormouth Maybelle, meanwhile, has been portrayed on the big screen by Ruth Brown (1988) and Queen Latifah (2007).

Additionally, Grease: Live director Alex Rudzinski has joined the event’s creative team, which already includes executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Do you approve of Hudson and Fierstein’s castings? Any suggestions for the rest of the characters? Drop all of your thoughts in a comment below.