Jennifer Hudson News Archive
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!
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.]
Watch Jennifer Hudson & The Cast Of The Color Purple Honor Prince With A Stirring Rendition Of Purple Rain!
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!
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)!
You knew American Idol was going to go out with a bang! And it turns out, it's a gang bang!
Former contestants Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Josh Gracin, Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington, Danny Gokey, and Clay Aiken, all took the stage to say goodbye!
Unfortunately, Kelly Clarkson couldn't be at the live event because she is about to give birth to her second child! However, she was able to do a taped segment (above) where she performed a medley of her classic hits!
Overall, the night celebrated Idol's legacy as one of the best competition shows in the history of television! It will truly be missed!
To watch ALL of the performances, ch-ch-check them out (below)
American Idol Is Reuniting The COMPLETE Original Cast For The Series Finale — Including Brian Dunkleman & William Hung!
That's because in addition to the news that Kelly Clarkson, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson will be stopping by to say goodbye to iconic reality show, original co-host Brian Dunkleman and She Bangs singer William Hung will also be making farewell appearances!
We wonder if Ryan Seacrest is going to be jealous he has to share the spotlight again? LOLz!!!
Oh — and in case you still cared, the final three contestants vying for the crown are La'Porsha Renae, Dalton Rapattoni, and Trent Harmon.
Make sure to catch American Idol say goodbye to 15 seasons this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night on FOX!
Jennifer Hudson & James Corden Make Songs In The Public Domain Sound Effing AH-Mazing! Watch The Budget-Friendly Performance!
Who says top-notch musical entertainment has to come at a price?
But getting the rights to play major pop songs on television doesn't come cheap!
So the late night host thought he would do CBS a favor (either that, or his budget was actually cut — LOLz!) by only singing songs in the public domain.
With the help of the incredibly talented Jennifer Hudson, Corden jammed out to elementary school faves like Skip To My Lou, Old McDonald, and London Bridge — but totally brought down the house with a gospel rendition of If You're Happy And You Know It!
Ch-ch-check out the clap-happy performance (above)!
Translation: this final act will be amazing!!!
While J.Hud has made guest appearances on the show since season 3, this will be her first major Idol comeback. We bet viewers are really excited to see their fan-favorite grace their televisions once again!
Even though the Grammy and Oscar winner is a big draw for the show, we can't count out the rest of the alums who will also return for the emotional send off — which, as of now, includes Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kellie Pickler, and even more surprises.
Will U be tuning into the finale Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. EST on FOX??
[Image via FOX.]
On Saturday, it was reported that Aretha Franklin was VERY rude during a performance of Broadway's The Color Purple. Ugh!
Apparently, the Queen of Soul showed up late for the show and snapped pics on her phone when she was first seated.
Entertainment writer Brandon Voss took to Facebook and noted: