Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell Join ‘Hairspray Live!’
Both stars are no strangers to musicals, having both appeared on Broadway multiple times, and Hayes is currently starring in play An Act of God on the Great White Way section of New York’s famous theater district. During Tuesday’s panel, actor and writer Harvey Fierstein insisted the show, which deals with themes of racism and integration, is exactly what the world needs now, when violence seems to be more prevalent than ever. “You don’t update history. You tell history,” Harvey said. “You be true to it or as true to it as you can. You can change laws. The war is to change hearts. And nothing does that like song does.” Fierstein, who will play Edna Turnblad in the program, will be joined by the likes of Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Martin Short and newcomer Maddie Baillio as the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. Hairspray Live! airs on December 7.