She will play villainous Velma Von Tussle, the producer of The Corny Collins Show. She also joins cast members Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins) and newcomer Maddie Baillio, who will play the lead role of Tracy.
“We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on Hairspray,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement (via THR). “Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in Wicked, and there’s no one better to play Velma Von Tussle.”
— Hairspray Live! (@HairsprayLive) June 21, 2016
Hairspray Live! will air Dec. 7 at 8/7c on NBC. Check out our Celebuzz’d podcast interview with Chenoweth in the player below!