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Jennifer Hudson Will Star In NBC’s Hairspray Live!

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An Oscar for Dreamgirls, an Emmy for Hairspray?!

We've known for a couple months that NBC's next planned musical is none other than Hairspray Live!, but we only just got our first casting news for the event on Monday… and we could not be more excited!

That's because it was just announced that Jennifer Hudson has been selected to play "Motormouth" Maybelle — the role Queen Latifah portrayed in the 2007 film!

Video: J.Hud & The Color Purple Cast Remember Prince With Purple Rain

But that's not the only update we've got for ya — Harvey Fierstein will also be reprising his role as Edna Turnblad, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical back in 2003!

Two leads down, nine to go.

Make sure to catch J.Hud, Harvey, and the rest of the to-be-determined cast when Hairspray Live! debuts Wednesday, December 7 on NBC!

Whom do U want to see join the cast next??

[Image via Jennifer Hudson/Instagram.]

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Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Gets Political While Rapping About Puerto Rico's $70 BILLION Debt Crisis!

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He can do no wrong!

First he had In the Heights, then he made history with Hamilton, and now Lin-Manuel Miranda is all about Puerto Rico.

The son of two Puerto Ricans, Lin stopped by Last Week Tonight on Sunday to address the Commonwealth's debilitating $70 BILLION public debt!

Video: Amy Schumer Parodies Hamilton With Lin-Manuel Miranda

John Oliver spent 21 minutes breaking down the island's economic troubles, and closed out the segment with Lin-Manuel rapping about how the United States needs to help its territory!

Not only is the message poignant, but the song feels just as powerful as all of his other bodies of work.

Hopefully the Hamilton star's intense level of fame leads to some positive changes over in Congress — after all, he did promise Paul Ryan free tickets!

Ch-ch-check out Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest political rap (below)!!!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Cast Of Hamilton Celebrate Prince's Life With Upbeat Let's Go Crazy Tribute!

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The most popular show on Broadway just keeps getting better!

Now that it's been a full 24 hours since Prince was found dead, we've been seeing a lot of today's top musical acts paying their respects with beautiful ballads.

Well, clearly not every musician wants to be sad while looking back at the iconic singer's life, because the cast of Hamilton just celebrated his legacy in the most positive way yet!

Photo: Mike Tyson's Weird Prince Tribute Upsets Twitter

Following their show Thursday night, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, and the rest of the cast decided to honor the 57-year-old with an upbeat cover of his song Let's Go Crazy!

Now this seems like the way Prince would want to be remembered!

Ch-ch-check out Lin-Manuel & Co.'s touching Prince tribute (below)!!!

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Watch Jennifer Hudson & The Cast Of The Color Purple Honor Prince With A Stirring Rendition Of Purple Rain!

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Since Prince's death on Thursday, several fans and celebrities have done their best to honor the late artist.

While tons of famous friends and admirers took to Twitter to share their feels, and late night hosts James Corden and Stephen Colbert took some time to pay tribute to the legendary pop star, Jennifer Hudson decided to go a more musical route!

Related: Did Prince Foreshadow His Own Death With THIS Song?!

Hudson, who currently stars in the Broadway play The Color Purple, took a moment at the end of her show to address the crowd saying:

"I'm not a speaker by any means. I did not expect to have to speak on tonight, but God has his way. As we all know, today we lost a legend. Ooh, Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine: Prince, who was dear to all of us. Every single one of us."

The 34-year-old actress went on to talk about her personal relationship with the deceased musician before getting the cast to sing Purple Rain with her!

Ch-ch-check out the Oscar-winning actress and the rest of The Color Purple's cast honor Prince Broadway style (below)!

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Tina Fey Says We're Getting That Mean Girls Musical Earlier Than Expected — All Because Of Ellie Kemper's Pregnancy!

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This is so fetch!

Tina Fey is already juggling a hit TV show with a successful career as a film actress, but it sounds like she's getting ready to focus more on being a playwrite.

That's because due to Ellie Kemper's pregnancy, she's going to have to stop working on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt until the baby comes… which means more time for Mean Girls: The Musical!

Related: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Throws Shade At Taylor Swift

Tina was promoting the second season of her Netflix series at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday when she gave an update on her and her husband Jeff Richmond's Mean Girls adaptation, saying:

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Cher Musical Being Pitched To Hamilton Producers — But Someone STILL Hasn't Approved The Script!

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If we could turn forward time, we'd head straight to opening night!

Ever since Cher confirmed a musical based on her life was still in the works, we've been patiently waiting to hear more about the Broadway show!

And now that new details have emerged, it looks like we can officially get excited!!

The music icon has been working with Tony Award winning writer Rick Elice, who is presenting the project to producers — including Hamilton's Jeffrey Seller – on Wednesday.

According to The New York Post, Seller will co-produce with Flody Suarez, who was reportedly the one who persuaded Cher to do the musical in the first place!

Related: Hamilton Is Officially A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical!

The show will feature several of the pop star's hits, including I Got You Babe, Take Me Home, Believe, and If I Could Turn Back Time.

If the play gets through this round, it will be presented to the 69-year-old herself on May 20 — where she will hopefully give the final hair flip of approval.

The star previously stated that the musical would feature three different actresses portraying her at different stages in her life.

The first will play a young Cher through the "Sonny and Cher" era, followed by another portraying the songstress during her Believe tour — and a third to play the legend at the current point in her life.

With hit songs, successful producers, and a fascinating subject matter — we're pretty sure this musical is a guaranteed hit!

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Hamilton Is Officially A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical! Find Out Why That's So Rare!

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Congratulations to the cast and crew of Hamilton!

They didn't throw away their shot!

It seems like most people have been addicted to Hamilton ever since it opened on Broadway last year, and now, the acclaimed musical is taking home a HUGE honor to justify everyone's insane obsession!

On Monday, the Alexander Hamilton-inspired production received this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

Video: We The Kings Put A Pop-Punk Spin On Hamilton!

This is an even bigger deal when you take into account only nine musicals have ever won the award over plays. The most recent ones to claim the prize were Next to Normal in 2010 and then all the way back to Rent in 1996!

And, Lin Manuel-Miranda's show received this rare recognition on the 100th anniversary of the awards, which celebrate impressive work in the arts and journalism.

Nice!

We're so proud of the cast and crew, and are SURE this is a good sign for Hamilton's chances at the 70th Annual Tony Awards later this year!

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