Kristin Chenoweth Hairspray Live!

Kristin Chenoweth Joins Hairspray Live!

Hairspray Live! has found its Miss Baltimore Crabs: Kristin Chenoweth will play villainous Corny Collins Show producer Velma Von Tussle in the NBC musical.

“Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in Wicked” on Broadway, said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “We are so excited and fortunate that [she] wants to come and play with us on Hairspray.”

The Tony and Emmy winner follows in the cha-cha heels of Michelle Pfeiffer and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, who in the 2007 and 1988 Hairspray movies, respectively, tackled the role of the stage mother who’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that new Corny Collins Show dancer Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) doesn’t steal the spotlight from her bratty daughter Amber.

“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,” Greenblatt continued, “and the bigger the roster of stars, the better the event. This one is shaping up to be one of our best!”

What do you think? Are you psyched about Chenoweth’s casting? Hit the comments.

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  1. LADY_in_MD says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I was hoping she would be playing Velma 🤗

  2. Winter says:

    Oh my God she is perfect!!! That is wonderful!

  3. DV says:

    I realllllly wanted Jane Krakowski but this will do. She’ll sing the hell out of Miss Baltimore Crabs

  4. Steve F. says:

    Perfect casting.

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  6. Susannah says:

    Wonderful! I was going to watch anyway but Kristin Chenoweth just makes everything better!

  7. Carol Marston says:

    I don’t care what she’s in as long as I can see & hear her! What a wonderful talent. She was in Phoenix on a tour last month but I couldn’t afford the ticket. Broke my heart.