Jennifer Hudson Snags ‘Hairspray Live!’ Role
Jennifer Hudson is ending her Broadway reign in The Color Purple, but she has a brand new gig lined up right after. The Oscar-winner has been cast to play Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray Live!
Maybelle, is the woman who hosts The Corny Collins Show on “Negro Day,” when African-Americans are allowed to appear on it.
Dancing with the Stars alum, Derek Hough has been cast as TV musical as Corny Collins.
Meanwhile, Harvey Fierstein will reprise his Tony-winning performance as mom Edna Turnblad with comedian Martin Short playing Edna’s husband, Wilbur.
Hairspray Live will air Wednesday, December 7 on NBC.