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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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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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Tina Fey Reminds Tituss Burgess You're Nothing Without Me In An Epic Musical Showdown! Watch The AH-Mazing Broadway Duet!

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Tituss Burgess got his breakout role on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — so, he's forever indebted to Tina Fey for casting him in the Netflix comedy.

And now that Tituss' standout performance gave him tons of new fans, the creator of the sitcom wanted to remind the star exactly where he got his start.

In the form of Broadway showtunes, of course!

Photos: Tina Brings The Blues To Kimmy Schmidt's Premiere!

On Monday, Fey surprised audiences at the MCC Theater's Miscast Gala honoring Marisa Tomei to perform a surprise duet with Tituss of You're Nothing Without Me from City of Angels!

The Sisters star had no problem dueting with the Tony-nominated Broadway performer, and even threw some friendly shade at the actor — teasing him for his personal Pinot Nior venture!

Ch-ch-check out the AH-Mazing musical showdown between the star and creator (below)!

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Wicked Composer Stephen Schwartz Bans North Carolina Performances Over Anti-LGBT Law!

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Good for Stephen Schwartz!

The legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and his collaborators are halting ALL productions of Wicked and all his other works in the state of North Carolina to protest the passing of the state's very controversial anti-LGBT bill!

Related: Disney Channel Introduces Its First Gay Male Couple

The composer shared a very heartfelt and emotional message in Broadway World explaining his decision to stop performances in the beleaguered state, writing in part:

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Frozen: The Musical Is Headed To Broadway!

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The great white way, indeed!

Remember how Frozen completely blew its competition away back in 2013 by winning big at both the Oscars and the Grammys??

Well, it looks like Disney is ready to add a Tony to its modern classic, because Frozen: The Musical is headed to Broadway!!!

Related: Frozen 2 Is Officially In Development!

The House of Mouse announced the news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell movie will be getting the musical treatment for a Broadway run slated for Spring 2018, with pre-shows the Summer of 2017, saying:

There's nothing we want more than for Idina and Kristen to come back as Elsa and Anna, and to be honest, we could totally see that happening!

We don't know too much else, other than that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will be providing music and lyrics, with a book by Jennifer Lee… but this is officially the best news of 2016!!!

Do you wanna win a Tony?

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Rosie O'Donnell Can Rap? Watch Rosie & James Corden Share Their Obsession For Hamilton By Performing A Song From The Show!

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Rosie O'Donnell has made headlines the past few months due to her strained relationship with her daughter, Chelsea O'Donnell.

That's why it was so AH-Mazing to see the 53-year-old stop by James Corden's late show last night and have a bit of fun!

Video: Channing Tatum Gives A Stranger A Surprise Valentine's Date!

The highlight of the night came when Corden asked O'Donnell advice about hosting the Tony Awards and the two got totally off topic talking about their love of hit Broadway show Hamilton!

One thing lead to another and all of a sudden James and Rosie started rapping Alexander Hamilton, one of the standout songs from the show!

Check out the spontaneous moment for yourself (below)!

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