Jennifer Hudson, who is currently slaying as Shug Avery in the revival of The Color Purple on Broadway, has been tapped to play Motormouth Maybelle in the NBC televised production of Hairspray Live!, NBC News confirms.
In the musical, Maybelle is the mother of Seaweed and Lil Inez, and she also serves as the host of the “Corny Collins Show” during its monthly “Negro Day” broadcast. In the 2007 film version, Queen Latifah played the role of Maybelle. Hudson is no stranger to musicals; she won an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls in 2007.
She and Harvey Fierstein have been the only people confirmed for the production, which will broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET from Los Angeles. Fierstein will play Edna, the overbearing mother of the protagonist Tracy Turnblad. He originated the role on Broadway and won a Tony for the performance.
We cannot wait to see her murder this part!