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  • KyleBailey
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    I don’t know if this was made yet but Hairspray Live! has announced its first casting news! Harvey Fierstein is back as Edna and Jennifer Hudson is playing Motormouth Maybelle! Yesterday was the big audition for Tracy and hopefully more news is on the way! Harvey is also writing the script

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    The casting of Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray Live! was pretty exciting news for all of us theater junkies.

    However, the casting of Tony winner Martin Short as Edna’s husband Wilbur is fairly disappointing. Part of the allure and charm of Wilbur and Edna is the classic 1950s manliness attracted to a woman of a strong personality. Short has the manic characteristics for the role but lacks the presence.

    I am afraid the casting decision was based more on promoting Short’s new series and less on who was the best actor for the role. I guess that’s why they it show business.

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    bondzzz
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    i have never seen fierstein on broadway so it would be great to see him on this. interesting having martin short but who knows, the pairing might just happen. and hudson as maybelle is kinda cool too.

    just hope the whole show turns out good. can’t wait to see who will be cased for the other characters

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Well I wonder what washed up has beens will be in this?

    IMO, John Travolta should reprise his role of Edna Turnblad.

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    Atypical
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    Yay Harvey! He’s the only reason to watch this so far.

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    KyleBailey
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    I really like Short’s casting but Derek Hough as Corny Collins worries me. I don’t know if he can sing or act (he can dance we know that). We should all be worried if he has the singing abilities of his sister’s

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    vinny
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    Derek can sing and act. He was on Nashville and there are videos online of his singing in the rain Oscar part performance. He also did broadway in England I think.

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    vinny
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    make that pre Oscar party. And the Broadway show in England was Footloose.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Can’t wait for Fierstein and Short. Hudson, meh. Don’t really care about Hough, considering Corny Collins doesn’t exactly require Olivier-level acting skills.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1949) – Warming Up with Esther Williams

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    Two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin has joined the cast as Prudy Pingleton.

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    Hope this brings another Emmy nomination to the amazing Kristin Chenoweth, I am sure she’ll be amazing as Former Miss Baltimore Crabs

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    bondzzz
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    nice to see kristin chenoweth in the cast. she could be a hoot. and what gym teacher is this i saw for rosie? guess it’s a cameo thing. mr. pinky is kinda a cameo thing too but nice to see sean hayes in it.

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    KyleBailey
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    I have not been keeping this thread up to date good lord!

    Current cast:

    Tracy- Maddie Bailllio
    Edna- Harvey Fierstein
    Wilbur- Martin Short
    Velma- Kristen Chenoweth
    Motormouth Maybelle- Jennifer Hudson
    Corny Collins- Derek Hough
    Link- Garrett Clayton
    Amber- Dove Cameron
    Penny- Ariana Grande
    Seaweed- TBD
    Little Inez- TBD
    Spritzer- TBD
    Ms. Pingleton- Andrea Martin
    Gym Teacher- Rosie O’Donnell
    Mr. Pinky- Sean Hayes
    Prison Matron- TBD
    Principal- TBD
    Nicest Kids/Negro Day Performers- TBD

    The Gym Teacher is actually a really funny part that comes right after Welcome to the 60’s in the show. I just did it at my local theater in April and it was one of my favorite scenes to be in because the Gym Teacher has some really hilarious material. It’s only for one scene so I don’t know if they’ll combined the Principal with the Gym Teacher because that part is also for one scene when Seaweed and Tracy meet in detention. In the musical, Jackie Hoffman played the Female Authority Figure so it was Ms. Pingleton/Matron/Gym Teacher. In my production a woman played the principal but it’s a gender neutral role. They also made Spritzer/Mr. Pinky/Principal the Male Authority Figure in the Broadway show but I think they will fill all those roles with separate people to add as many stars as they can. The original Tracy, Marissa Jaret Winokour wants to do a cameo so she could be the Matron or Principal. But also we don’t know what they are keeping or cutting.

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    Alex Meyer
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    It’s been confirmed that Marissa Jaret Winokur AND Ricki Lake will both make cameos. So we’ll now have three Tracy Turnblads on screen.

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    That Don Guy
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    Current cast:

    Tracy- Maddie Bailllio
    Edna- Harvey Fierstein
    Wilbur- Martin Short
    Velma- Kristen Chenoweth
    Motormouth Maybelle- Jennifer Hudson
    Corny Collins- Derek Hough
    Link- Garrett Clayton
    Amber- Dove Cameron
    Penny- Ariana Grande
    Seaweed- TBD
    Little Inez- TBD
    Spritzer- TBD
    Ms. Pingleton- Andrea Martin
    Gym Teacher- Rosie O’Donnell
    Mr. Pinky- Sean Hayes
    Prison Matron- TBD
    Principal- TBD
    Nicest Kids/Negro Day Performers- TBD

    Little Inez – Shahadi Wright Joseph
    Seaweed – Ephraim Sykes
    Spritzer – Paul Vogt (unconfirmed by NBC)
    Rob Barker – Billy Eichner
    Also, if I read this correctly, Unissa Cruse-Ferguson was chosen from an audition held in Baltimore to be one of the dancers; the rest were chosen from Los Angeles auditions. (There was a separate audition in Philadelphia, but this appears to be for a brief scene at a commercial break being held at a “viewing party” in that city.)

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