Jennifer Hudson is adding another musical to her repertoire.
The current star of the Broadway revival of The Color Purple has signed on to NBC’s next live musical event, Hairspray Live!. Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle as she reunites with executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with whom she worked on NBC’s Smash.
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for Hairspray Live!,” said NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “Harvey Fierstein created the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway in an indelible Tony-winning performance that demanded to be memorialized on film, and we’re happy he wanted to step into her shoes one last, unforgettable time. We’re also so grateful that the incomparable Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle and we know her rendition of ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ will literally stop the show.”
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore and follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, whose dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show ends up revolutionizing TV and changing her life.
Hairspray Live! will air Dec. 7 on NBC.