AceShowbiz - NBC has added two more actors to its "Hairspray" live musical. "Dancing with the Stars" pro %cDerek Hough% and "Saturday Night Live" alum %cMartin Short% are confirmed to join previously-announced cast %cJennifer Hudson% and %cHarvey Fierstein%.
In the upcoming "Hairspray Live!", Hough is expected to play Corny Collins who was portrayed by %cJames Marsden% in the 2007 movie version while Short is tapped as Edna Turnblad's husband Wilbur who was previously played by %cChristopher Walken%.
Hudson is booked to take the role of Motormouth Maybelle who was played by %cQueen Latifah% on the big screen and Fierstein is set to reprise his role as Edna Turnblad that earned him a Tony Award on the Broadway version. The character was played by %cJohn Travolta% in the film.
"We welcome Marty to the network in May in his new variety show with %cMaya Rudolph% and we think he will be the perfect long-term companion to Harvey's Edna," NBC's Chairman Robert Greenblatt says. "And hands-down the best dancer on television and one of the best in the entertainment business, Derek Hough, will be perfect in the role of Corny Collins, the cocky song-and-dance-man who hosts the TV show every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on."