On October 18, 2016 by Theater Talk Web


Beloved writer/actor/Theater Talk guest Harvey Fierstein returns to the program as he begins preparation for the upcoming televised musical Hairspray LIVE! airing on NBC, December 7.  Fierstein will star as “Edna Turnblad,” the role he won a Tony Award for on Broadway (a character first played by the late actor DIVINE in the original 1988 John Waters cult film and reinterpreted by John Travolta in the 2007 movie musical).

Even before being cast in this TV adaptation (astonishingly, Fierstein was not its producers’ first choice), Harvey was hired to adapt the Broadway book into a teleplay (after his successful script adaptation of The Wiz Live! for NBC last year). Fierstein also recounts behind-the-scenes tales of the stage productions ofHairspray, La Cage aux Folles and his biggest flop, Legs Diamond with the great Peter Allen. As always with Harvey, a great time is had by all.


One Response to “HARVEY FIERSTEIN ‘Hairspray LIVE!’ ”

  • Michael Donohue

    He needs to play Lady Bracknell in the all-male version of The Importance of Being Earnest.

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