The 61-year-old actor will be reprising the role of Edna Turnblad, which he originated in the Broadway production. He won a Tony Award for his performance and played the role for many years.
Jennifer will play the role of Motormouth Maybelle, which Queen Latifah played in the movie version.
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for Hairspray Live!,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “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.”
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